2016 Schedule of Festivals, Clinics, and Courses

Upcoming events

April 30: Kids Fishing Event, Hadley – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This event is open to the public and will be held at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office (300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley) from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. MassWildlife's Angler Education Program is assisting with equipment. For more information, contact Tracy Copeland at tracy_copeland@fws.gov

May 1: Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline – This event is in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department at the Brookline Reservoir (located along Rte. 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline), 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 7: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Festival, Needham – This event is in cooperation with the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at the Needham Reservoir (470 Dedham Avenue in Needham) from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your  fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at 781-455-7550 for more information.

May 7: Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton – This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Todd Girard for more information at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

May 7: Coes Pond Kids Fishing Derby, Worcester – This derby is sponsored by the Worcester Fish and Game Association at Coes Pond in Worcester (Mill Street beach area), 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 7: Westborough Family Fishing Festival, Westborough This event is in cooperation with the Westborough Civic Club at Sandra Pond in Minuteman Park (123 Upton Road, Westborough) from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Gerry Knall for more information at dacoach50@verizon.net

May 14: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford – This festival is in cooperation with the Oxford Conservation Department at the beach area off of Main Street in Oxford from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a non-competitive, family-friendly, learn-to-fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided*Open to the public. Please contact Judy Lochner at 508-987-6044 or jlochner@town.oxford.ma.us for more information.

May 15: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth – This event is in cooperation with the Whitman’s Pond Association in Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth (boat launch area off of Middle St.) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 17 & 24: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Wellesley – This course is in cooperation with Wellesley Recreation at the Wellesley Recreation Department (90 Washington St, Wellesley) from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Brandon Fits at 781-235-2370 or bfitts@wellesleyma.gov

May 21: Burlington Recreation Department Family Fishing Festival, Burlington – This festival is at the Mill Pond  Reservoir, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Park and walk in from the Water Treatment Plant on Winter Street *This event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Burlington Recreation Department at 781-270-1695

May 21: Spec Pond Family Fishing Festival, Wilbraham – This festival is in cooperation with the Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department at Spec Pond - 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), in Wilbraham, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy (MassWildlife) at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 21: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlborough – This event is in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club (1 Muddy Lane, Marlborough) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This fishing event is open to disabled veterans only. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

June 4: Billerica Family Fishing Day, Billerica – This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

June 4: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A), 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 4 & 5: FREE FISHING WEEKEND! Take a friend or family member fishing - you won't need a fishing license to fish any public fresh-water lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream statewide from 12:00 A.M. Saturday June 4th until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 5th. While you can fish for free on June 4th and 5th, a license is required at all other times for those 15 years of age or older. At all other times, youths ages 15 to 17 must obtain and carry a fishing license; however, licenses are free for that age group. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs.

June 4: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson – This event is in cooperation with the Riverside Rod And Gun Club at 16 Wilkins Street (Rt. 62) in Hudson from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This event is open to disabled veterans only. For more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 5: Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn – This festival is in cooperation with the Woburn Elks from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Horn Pond in Woburn (Located on the south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off of Pond Street.) This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or Jim.Lagacy@State.Ma.Us for more information.

June 11: Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This event is in cooperation with The Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council at Russell Pond in Camp Moses (Birch Hill Road, Russell) from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public.For more information, contact Steve Roberts at Steven.Roberts@Scouting.org

June 11: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham – This festival is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Stoneham Police at Spot Pond in Stoneham (located at the Straw Point area on the north end of Spot Pond off of New South Street) from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 18: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – This festival is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation at Endicott Park on 57 Forest Street, Danvers from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. This is a FREE event; however, all visitors are subject to a $1 resident vehicle or $3 non-resident vehicle user fee. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Dean at (978) 774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

June 18: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury – This festival is in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service at the USFWS Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Great Meadows) at 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public – please contact Kizette Ortizvangar at (978) 562-3527 Ext.117 or Kizette_Ortizvanger@Fws.Gov

June 22 & 29: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Westborough – This event is in cooperation with Westborough Recreation at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough at 1 Rabbit Hill Rd. from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Alan Grady at 508-366-3066 or agrady@town.westborough.ma.us

July 12 & 19: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Bridgewater – This class is in cooperation with the Bridgewater Public Library at the Bridgewater Public Library - 15 South Street Bridgewater, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Rose Mamakos at the Bridgewater Public Library (508) 697-3331 or RMAMAKOS@bridgewaterma.org

July 14: “Ladies Night Out” Fishing Clinic, Billerica – This clinic is in cooperation with the Billerica Parks and Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

July 24: The Taunton River Watershed Alliance Family Fishing Day, Berkley – This event is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance at Dighton Rock State Park – Bay View Ave., Berkley, 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 30: Houghton’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton – This event is in cooperation  with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (Blue Hills Reservation), at Houghtons Pond – Picnic Area #5 (Blue Hill River Road, Milton) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Ray Mckinnon at the Blue Hills Reservation at ray.mckinnon@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy of MassWildlife at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

August 13: Billerica Dog Days Family Fishing Day, Billerica – This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

September 7 & 14: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Longmeadow – These classes are in cooperation with the Longmeadow Recreation Department at 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Bari Jarvis at bjarvis@longmeadow.org or (413) 565-4160

September 8 & 15: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Billerica – This class is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation at Billerica Recreation - 248 Boston Rd. Billerica from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

September 10: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This festival is at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Harold Parker State Forest at 978-686-3391.

September 24: Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest "Take Me Fishin'!" Event, Plymouth – This event is at Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public.  For more information, contact Rose Mellino at rosemellino@gmail.com

September 25: Massachusetts Outdoor Expo “The Big MOE”, Sturbridge – This event is cooperation with the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge (24 Hamilton Rd.), 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. There will be equipment and bait provided at the fishing station. *Open to the public. Please contact Gary Zima at gary.zima@state.ma.us for more information.


Past Events

January 21 & 26: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Westborough – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough) from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 4 & 9: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Westborough – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough) from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 6: Buffumville Lake Ice Fishing Festival, Charlton CANCELLED DUE TO POOR ICE CONDITIONS – This festival is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake and the Charlton Conservation Department from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the north cove picnic area off of Oxford Road in Charlton. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *PLEASE NOTE: This event will only be held if there are 6 inches or more of safe ice. If the forecast is for rain or snow, the event will be cancelled. Please contact Jim Lagacy or Todd Girard at the phone numbers listed below by Thursday, February 4th for event go/no go information. *Open to the public- contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net, or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us, or the USACE Buffumville Lake at 978-318-8411.

February 19-21: Angler Education Program and MassWildlife Display at the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, Springfield – Join us at the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show at the Big “E” Fairgrounds in West Springfield. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy for more information at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 25 & March 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to pre-register at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

March 17 & 22: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – This course is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a free, two-session course for beginning fly tyers only. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to pre-register at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

March 21: Angler Education Program Display at the Western Massachusetts Fly Fishermen’s Spring Exposition, Ludlow – Join us at the Western Massachusetts Fly Fishermen’s Spring Expo! This event is in cooperation with the Ludlow Elks from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM. *Open to the public. Please contact Bill Rose for more information at 413-737-0281.

April 2: Angler Education Display & Casting Program , Hampden – This program is at the Health and Wellness Fair at Bethlehem Church on 123 Allen Street Hampden,  MA, 01036, 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Saso at ksaso@comcast.net

April 17: Angler Education Program Display and Casting Program, Springfield – Our Angler Education Program will be at the Springfield Science Museum Earth Day Festival at 21 Edwards Street in Springfield from 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. This event is open to the public. Please contact the Springfield Science Museum for more information at (413) 263-6800 x 325. 

April 24: Angler Education Rod Building Class, Charlton – Learn how to build your own fishing rod! This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetary Road, Charlton) from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. There is a fee associated with this class for the rod materials. Pre-registration is mandatory - contact Todd Girard at (508) 248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net

April 25, May 2: Adult Learn to Fish Class, Leominster – This is a two session adult only "learn to fish" course designed for beginners, in cooperation with the Leominster Recreation Department at 25 West Street Leominster from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Judy Sumner at (978) 534-7529 or Jsumner@Leominster-Ma.Gov