Learn to Fish

2017 Schedule of Fishing Festivals, Clinics, and Courses

Upcoming Events

*CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SAFE ICE: February 4: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Charlton – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Buffumville Lake in Charlton from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, and the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Giles @ Buffumville Lake (978) 318-8411 and Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil or Jim Lagacy 508-389-6309 and jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Todd Girard 508-248-2247 and todd.girard@townofcharlton.net, *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED

February 8 and 15: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, from 7:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, 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

*CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SAFE ICE: February 12: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Georgetown – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Pentucket Pond in Georgetown from 10:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Georgetown Fish and Game Association. *Open to the public. For more information, contact John Holt at jhnholt2@gmail.com. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED

*CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SAFE ICE: February 12: Macgyver “Ed” Peary Ice Fishing Derby, Billerica – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event at Nuttings Lake in Billerica from 7:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department. *Open to the public, registration is on site the day of the event, registration fee is a gift for a child (so that every child goes home with something) but please RSVP 978-987-3487 to let them know you intend on coming and to check if there is safe ice. Parking will be available at Micozzi Beach in Billerica – enter lake through Turnpike Market parking lot. If you have extra ice traps (tip-ups) please bring them to share. Bait will be available onsite for a minimum charge – bring a bait bucket. For more detailed information call the Billerica Recreation Department @ 978-671-0921. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

February 21 and 23: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Charlton Senior Center, 37 Main Street, Charlton  from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, 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 4: Boy Scout Ice Fishing Festival, Williamsburg –  This is both an ice fishing education program and derby open to all scouts and their families at Chesterfield Scout Reservation in Williamsburg from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment will be available. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Council. There will be a charge of $5 per person payable in person to the Western MA Council. For more information contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

March 18: Basic Rod Building Class, Westborough – Learn how to build your very own fishing rod at MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Master rod builder Ray Cote from Cote’s fly Shop will lead the class. There is a $140 fee payable to Cote’s fly shop for all associated materials and rod building bench which you need to order prior to the class. This class is for fly or spinning rods. Pre-Registration is Mandatory – please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 and jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 and todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

April 23: Angler Education Program Display & Casting Program, Springfield – come learn to cast and have fun at the Springfield Science Museum Earth Day Festival,  21 Edwards Street in Springfield, 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact the Springfield Science Museum at 413-263-6800 x325

April 29: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield  This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Forest Park in Springfield from 8:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Springfield Parks Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 6: Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton 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 at Fay Mountain Farm, 12 Cemetary Rd in Charlton, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net

May 6: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Festival, Needham This is a family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Needham Reservoir, 470 Dedham Ave. from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with Needham Park and Recreation Commission. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at 781-455-7550

May 7:  Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline  This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Brookline Reservoir (located along Route 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline) from 9:00 A.M. 12:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department; there will be a charge of $7 per family for this event which is payable online, by phone, or in person the day of the event to the Brookline Recreation Department. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309, jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

May 10: Adult “Learn to Fish” Clinic, Belchertown This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley Field Office, 341 East Street in Belchertown, from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 20: Family Fishing Festival, Burlington –  This is non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Mill Pond Reservoir (Park and walk in from the Water Treatment Plant on Winter Street) in Burlington from 10:00 A.M.  1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Burlington Recreation Department. There will be a charge of $25 per family for this event (which includes food and one raffle ticket for each member of the family) payable prior to the event online, www.burlingtonrecreation.org or in person at the Burlington Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required. For more information contact the Burlington Rec. Dept. at www.burlingtonrecreation.org., or 781-270-1695

May 23: Adult Only Fishing Clinic, Harwich –This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at Long Pond in Harwich from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Harwich Recreation Department. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Sue Fraser at 508-430-7553 or sfraser@town.harwich.ma.us 

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

June 10 : Family Fishing Festival for the Town of Westborough’s 300th Anniversary Celebration. Details to follow

June 11:  Family Fishing Festival, Georgetown 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 at Indian Hill Reservoir, Moulton Street in Newbury from 8:00 A.M. 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Georgetown Fish and Game Association. *Open to the public. For more information, contact John Holt at jhnholt2@gmail.com                                                                                           

June 12 and 13: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Newton – This is an adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners at the Cove Picnic area at 0 West Pine Street in Auburndale from 6:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Newton Recreation Department. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. There is a $10 per person fee payable to the Newton Recreation Department. Go to Newton Parks and Recreation at www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/default.asp to sign up. For more information contact Judy Dore at 617-938-4664 and jdore@newtonma.gov

June 14: Adult “Learn to Fish” Clinic, Westborough – This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at Minuteman Park on Westborough Reservoir (Sandra Pond), Upton Road, from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with Westborough Recreation. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Alan Grady @ 508-366-3066 or agrady@town.westborough.ma.us

July 16:  Taunton River Watershed Association Family Fishing Festival, Berkeley This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Dighton Rock State Park, Bay View Ave, Berkeley from 12:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 29: Houghtons Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Blue Hills Reservation, Picnic Area #5, Blue Hill River Rd, Milton from 10:00 A.M 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Blue Hills Reservation, Maggie Brown at maggie.brown@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

September 9:  “Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Road in Russell from 10:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Roberts at steven.roberts@scouting.org


Past Events

January 25 and February 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Belchertown – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at MassWildlife’s Connecticut Valley District Office, 341 East Street, Belchertown from 6:30 P.M. 8:30 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, 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