2014 Schedule of Festivals, Clinics, and Courses


JANUARY

January 14, 16, 28, & 30 – Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – This event, sponsored by the Town of Charlton and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, will take place at the Charlton Senior Center (37 Main St) from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. This is a FREE four-session course (weather permitting) for beginning fly tyers only. Participation in all four classes is strongly encouraged. All tools and tying materials will be provided. The minimum age for participation is 12.  Space for the class is limited, pre-registration is required. Contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247, todd.girard@townofcharlton.net to pre-register.

FEBRUARY

February 1 – Buffumville Lake Ice Fishing Festival,  Charlton – This event, made possible by cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, the Charlton Conservation Department, and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, takes place from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the North Cove Picnic area off Oxford Road, in Charlton. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event. Bring your equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. 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 or Todd Girard by Thursday January 30th for event go/no go information. Open to the public – contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247, todd.girard@townofcharlton.net, or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

February 1 – Kids Ice Fishing Event, Hopkinton – Sponsored by the Woodville Rod and Gun Club and The Pikers, the event will take place from 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.  at Lake Whitehall in Hopkinton. Meet at the state boat ramp area located near the intersection of Dale Rd. and Wood St. (Route 135) in Woodville (Hopkinton). Children ages 14 and under accompanied by a responsible adult are welcome. Pre-registration is required, call (508) 435-4148 or email Lawrenceofwoodville@gmail.com before January 30th. **When registering for this event be sure to include the name and age of each child participating as well as a phone number where you can be reached in case the event is postponed due to lack of safe ice.  No-safe-ice-date is Sunday, February 23rd, 2014.

February 9 – Macgyver “Ed” Peary Ice Fishing Derby, Billerica – This event, co-sponsored by Billerica Recreation Department, and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program will be held at Nuttings Lake from 7:00 A.M. to 2:00P.M. The Derby is open to the public, registration is on site the day of the event, but please RSVP by calling (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 the 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 (978) 987-3487.

February 20,21,22,23 – Angler Education Program Display at the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, West Springfield –  Join us at the Big “E” Fairgrounds in West Springfield for this public event. Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

February 23  – Kids Ice Fishing Event, Hopkinton – Sponsored by the Woodville Rod and Gun Club and The Pikers, the event will take place from 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. at Lake Whitehall in Hopkinton. Meet at the state boat ramp area located near the intersection of Dale Rd. and Wood St. (Route 135) in Woodville (Hopkinton). Children ages 14 and under accompanied by a responsible adult are welcome. Pre-registration is required, call (508) 435-4148 or email Lawrenceofwoodville@gmail.com before February 21. **When registering for this event be sure to include the name and age of each child participating as well as a phone number where you can be reached in case the event is postponed due to lack of safe ice. THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014. 

February 25,27 and March 4,6 – Basic Saltwater Fly Tying Course, Charlton – Sponsored by the Town of Charlton and the Angler Education Program, the event will be held at the Charlton Senior Center (37 Main St) from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. This is a FREE four-session course (weather permitting) for beginning fly tyers only.  Participation in all four classes is strongly encouraged. All tools and tying materials will be provided. The minimum age for participation is 12.  Space for the class is limited, pre-registration is required. Contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247, todd.girard@townofcharlton.net to pre-register.

MARCH

March 15 – Basic Fresh Water Fly Tying Course, Worcester – This course will be held at the Lower Forty Fly Shop in Worcester (134 Madison St., Worcester) from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. 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. The course is limited to six people and pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Bender at (508) 752-4004.    

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 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.

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 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) 561-1359 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.

September

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.