2014 Schedule of Festivals, Clinics, and Courses


MAY

May 3 – Needham Recreation Family Fishing Derby, Needham – Sponsored by MassWildlife and the Needham Park and Recreation Commission, this event will take place at the Needham Reservoir from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The event is open to the public, contact Karen Peirce at  (781) 455-7521 for more information.

May 3 – Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton – Join the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00P.M. at  12 Cemetary Road in 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. Open to the public – contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net for more information.

May 3Westboro Spring Fishing Challenge, Westboro – The event will take place at Sandra Pond/Minuteman Park, 123 Upton Road, from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This is a 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 for more information at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

May 4 – Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline – This event is sponsored by the Brookline Recreation Department and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program. The Reservoir is located along Route 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline. The Festival is from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. It 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 Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309, jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 10 – Coes Pond Kids Fishing Derby, Worcester – Sponsored by MassWildlife and the Worcester Fish and Game Association, this event will take place at Coes Pond in Worcester (Mill Street beach area) from 8:00– 11:00 A.M. The event is open to the public, contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May17 – Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlboro – Located at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club (1 Muddy Lane), the Festival will take place from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a Learn-To-Fish event open to disabled veterans only - contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 17 - Spec Pond Family Fishing Festival, Wilbraham Join the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, in Cooperation with the Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department @ Spec Pond - 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), in Wilbraham, 9:00am – 1:00pm. 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 (MassWildlife) @ 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 18 – Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth – The Whitman’s Pond Association and Weymouth Youth and Family Services are sponsoring the event. Meet at Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth at the boat launch area off of Middle St. This public festival is from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Contact Marie Feely at (781) 340-6976 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

May 31 - Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson Join the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, in Cooperation with the Riverside Rod and Gun Club @ Riverside Rod & Gun Club - 16 Wilkins St (Rt. 62) in Hudson, 10:00am – 2:00pm *This event is open to disabled veterans only - contact Jim Lagacy @ 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 31Burlington Recreation Department Family Fishing Festival, Burlington @ the Mill Pond  Reservoir, 9:00am – 12:00pm - Park and walk in from the Water Treatment Plant on Winter Street. 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 event is open to the public - contact the Burlington Rec. Dept. @ 781-270-1695

JUNE

June 1 – Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn – Sponsored by the Woburn Elks, this event, located on the south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off Pond Street, takes place from 9:00A.M. – 1:00P.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 @ 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 7 – Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham –  This event, sponsored by DCR and the Stoneham Police, will take place at Straw Point on the north end of Spot Pond accessed from New South Street from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00P.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 @ 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 7 & 8 – Free Fishing Weekend! Take a friend or family member fishing you won't need a fishing license to fish any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream statewide from 12:00 A.M. Saturday June 7th until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 8th! Come and enjoy this free fishing weekend, then consider purchasing a fishing license. A fishing licenses is a wonderful investment in your state, the fees support fisheries research, fish stocking programs, angler education, and many other services provided by MassWildlife.  Youth 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/eea/agencies/dfg/licensing/who-needs-a-license.html for details.

June 7 – Buffumville Lake Family Fishing Festival, Charlton Join the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, in Cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, the Charlton Conservation Department, and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, 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 fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided.  *Open to the public – contact Nicole Giles @ (508) 248-5697 or Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil for more information.

June 14 – Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls – Join the fun at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls, from 10:00A.M.– 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn-to-fish event that is open to the public. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Contact Laurel Carpenter at 413-863-3221 or laurel_carpenter@fws.gov for more information about this public event.

June 15 – Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – Join the fun at this non-competitive, family-friendly, Learn-To-Fish event, cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation. The event takes place at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, in Danvers from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. 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. Contact Christine Dean at (978) 774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

June 21 – Great Meadows Family Fishing Day, Sudbury – Join the fun at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 73 Weir Hill Road in 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. Contact Kizette OrtizVangar at (978) 562-3527 ext.117 or Kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov for more information about this public event.

July

July 13The Taunton River Watershed Alliance Family Fishing Day cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance @ Dighton Rock State Park – Bay View Ave., Berkley, 12:00 to 3:00pm.  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 @ jim.lagacy@state.ma.us                                   

July 26Houghton’s Pond Cool Summer Fun Family Fishing Festival in Cooperation w/the Department of Conservation and Recreation (Blue Hills Reservation), @ Houghton’s Pond – Picnic Area #5 - Blue Hill River Rd. Milton, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Open to the public – Contact the Blue Hills Reservation - Ray McKinnon @ 617-727-4573 x 310 or ray.mckinnon@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy @ jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

August 

August 9  - DAR State Forest Fishing Clinic w/the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) @ Upper Highland Lake in DAR State Forest in Goshen, 9:00am – 12:00pm 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 @ jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309

September

September 6 - Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival @ Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, 10:00 – 2:00pm 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 the Harold Parker State Forest @ 978-686-3391

September 27 - Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest 8th Annual "Take Me Fishin'!" Event @ Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, 10:00am – 2:00pm. 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 @ rosemellino@gmail.com

September 28 – Massachusetts Outdoor ExpoThe Big Moe”, Sturbridge – Join us for this annual family event at the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, 24 Hamilton Road in Sturbridge from 9:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. Limited equipment and bait will be provided at the fishing station. Contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or gary.zima@state.ma.us for more on this public event.