ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is offering a day of free fishing as part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration.

Saturday is one of four new free fishing days that have been added this year in New York. On those days, anyone can fish in New York waters without having a license.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says this is a good time for fishing because fish start to feed more actively prior to cold weather or head upstream to spawn.

Adirondack ponds offer good trout fishing, and the tributaries of lakes Champlain and Ontario offer good salmon fishing.

Northern pike are very active during cool water periods in medium and large lakes and rivers in upstate New York.

The next free fishing day is Nov. 11, Veterans Day.