2016 Schedule of Festivals, Clinics, and Courses

Upcoming events

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.

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 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 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 & 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.

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.