2015 Schedule of Festivals, Clinics, and Courses

Upcoming events

March 7: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Worcester – An event at the Lower Forty Fly Shop in Worcester (134 Madison St - Worcester, MA 01610) in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is a beginner’s fly tying course with the focus on simple trout fishing patterns. Todd Girard will be the lead instructor, and all materials and equipment will be provided. *Open to the public -  limited to 6 people – minimum age is 12 - PRE-REGISTRATION IS MADATORY. Contact Jim Bender at 508-752-4004.

March 10 & 12: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Westborough – An event at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough (1 Rabbit Hill Rd), from 7:00 – 9:00pm. This is a free, two session course for beginning fly tyers only – weather permitting participation is strongly encouraged for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public – Minimum age is 12 - PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY – contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309, or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us to pre-register.

March 16: Angler Education Program Display at the Western MA Fly Fishermen’s Spring Expo, Ludlow – In cooperation with the Ludlow Elks, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. *Open to the public – Contact Bill Rose at 508-389-6309.

May 2: Snow Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton – This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at Snow Pond (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) 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 – Contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net for more information.

May 2: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Derby, Needham – This event is in cooperation with the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at the Needham Reservoir, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., 470 Dedham Ave, Needham. This a 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 – Contact Karen Pierce at 781-455-7521.

May 3: 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 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 – Contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 9: Spec Pond Family Fishing Festival, Wilbraham – This event is in Cooperation with the Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department at Spec Pond - 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), in Wilbraham, 10:00am – 2:00pm. 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 – Contact Jim Lagacy (MassWildlife) at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 16: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlboro – This event is in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club, 1 Muddy Lane, Marlboro, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This fishing event is open to disabled veterans only – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 17: 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. *Open to the public – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 23: Otter River State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Baldwinville – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Beaman Pond (86 Winchendon Rd., Baldwinville) 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Massachusetts first State Forest - Otter River State Forest - by participating in this family fun event. This is a free, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the Public – Contact Jim Lagacy by phone at 508-389-6309 or email at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Michael Travaglini by phone at (978)-939-8962 or by email at michael.travaglini@state.ma.us

June 6 & 7: 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 6th until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 7th. While you can fish for free this weekend, all other times you will need a fishing licenses if you are 15 years of age or older. A fishing license is a wonderful investment in your state, as the fees support fisheries research, fish stocking programs, angler education programs and many other services provided by MassWildlifeYouths’ ages 15 to 17 will not be charged for a fishing license, while they still need to obtain one, it is free of charge – go to http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/licensing/index.htm for details.

June 6: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service 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 pubic – Contact Laurel Carpenter at 413-863-3221 or laurelcarpenter@fws.gov

June 6: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the Stoneham Police at Spot Pond in Stoneham, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. - located at the Straw Point area on the north end of Spot Pond off of New South 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 – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 19: The Taunton River Watershed Alliance Family Fishing Day, Berkley This event is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program 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 – Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us                                  

September 20: 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 – Contact Gary Zima at gary.zima@state.ma.us

September 26: Friends of Myles Standish State Forest 8th Annual “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, 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 – Contact Rose Mellino at rosemellino@gmail.com

Past Events

January 13 & 15: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – A course w/the Charlton Conservation Department @ the Charlton Senior Center (37 Main St), from 7:00 – 9:00pm. This is a free, two session course for beginning fly tyers only – weather permitting participation is strongly encouraged for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public – Minimum age is 12 - PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY – contact Todd Girard @ 508-248-2247, or todd.girard@townofcharlton.netto pre-register.

January 27& 29: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Westborough – A course in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department @ the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters in Westboro (1 Rabbit Hill Rd), from 7:00 – 9:00pm. This is a free, two session course for beginning fly tyers only – weather permitting participation is strongly encouraged for both sessions. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public – Minimum age is 12 - PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY – contact Jim Lagacy @ 508-389-6309, or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us to pre-register.

February 7 – Buffumville Lake Ice Fishing Festival CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW DEPTH: in Cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, and the Charlton Conservation Department, 10:00am – 2:00pm. @ the north cove picnic area off of Oxford Rd, in Charlton. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. Please note - this event will be cancelled if there is less than 6 inches of ice, if it rains, or if we have a snowstorm of 6 inches or more.  Contact Jim Lagacy at the phone numbers listed below for information. *Open to the public – contact Todd Girard @ 508-248-2247, todd.girard@townofcharlton.net, or Jim Lagacy @ 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 19-22: Angler Education Program Display at the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, Springfield – The Springfield Sportsmen’s Show is taking place at the Big “E” Fairgrounds in West Springfield. *Open to the public – Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 22: Kids Ice Fishing Event And Family Fun Day, Hopkinton An event with Woodville Rod and Gun Club and The Pikers in association with the Hopkinton 300 Celebration at Lake Whitehall in Hopkinton - 11:00am - 2:30pm at the Sandy Beach area located near the intersection of Hayward Street and Lakeshore Drive Hopkinton, MA. See signs and notices for additional parking - Children ages 14 and under accompanied by a responsible adult are welcome. PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED, when registering for activities please use the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation. For more information about this program check the Woodville Rod and Gun Page at http://www.woodvillerodandgun.com/forms/Kids_Ice_Event_2015.pdf