Learn to fish events

Learn new fishing skills with MassWildlife Angler Education!

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Fishing events for beginners

Learn to set up your rod, tie knots, cast, and identify fish. Events are free, family friendly, and open to all skill levels. No fishing license is required. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Limited gear and bait will be provided. Unless it says it is required, event pre-registration is encouraged but optional.

May 29, 5 – 7 p.m.Turners Pond in MiltonPre-registration required; Call (617) 898-4940  to register. In cooperation with Milton Recreation Department.
May 30, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.Bolivar Pond in CantonPre-registration is required; click here to register. In cooperation with Canton Recreation Department.
June 1, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Dufresne Pond Recreation Area in GranbyCops and Bobbers Family Fishing Festival is for children 14 and under and their families. Pre-registration required; email jennifer_lapis@fws.gov to register. In cooperation with the Amherst and Granby Police and Fire Departments, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
June 4, 5 – 7 p.m.New Pond in EastonPre-registration required; click here to register. In cooperation with Easton Recreation Department.
June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.Horn Pond in WoburnPre-registration is required; click here to register. In cooperation with Friends of Horn Pond.
June 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Deer Island Fishing Pier in BostonPre-registration required; click here to register. In cooperation with MA Division of Marine Fisheries, MA Water Resources Authority, The National Park Service, Boston Harbor Islands, Boston Harbor Now, and Save the Harbor Save the Bay.
June 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners FallsNo registration required. In cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
June 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ipswich River Park in North ReadingNo registration is required. In cooperation with the Ipswich River Watershed Association for the Ipswich River Festival. Click here for more information.
June 20, 6 – 8 p.m.Lewin Brook Dam in SwanseaPre-registration is required; click here to register. In cooperation with Swansea Public Library.
June 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Brockton Park in AvonPre-registration is required; click here to register.
June 26, 5 – 7 p.m.Lake Quannapowitt in WakefieldPre-registration is required; click here to register. In cooperation with Reading Recreation Department.
June 27, 3 – 5 p.m.Dighton Rock State Park in BerkleyPre-registration is required; click here to register.
July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.Bowers Spring Conservation Area in BoltonIn cooperation with the Bolton Conservation Commission. Pre-registration is required; contact the Bolton Conservation to register at (978) 779-3304.
July 25, 5 – 7 p.m.Ames Long Pond in StoughtonPre-registration is required; click here to register. In cooperation with the Stoughton Recreation Department.
July 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.US Fish & Wildlife Service Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex in SudburyNo registration is required for the Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival. 
July 30, 6 – 8 p.m.Silver Lake Beach in GraftonPre-registration is required; click here to register. In cooperation with the Grafton Recreation Department.

Request a new event or borrow gear

Angler Education events are led by MassWildlife staff and volunteers. To request an event in your area, contact MassWildlife Angler Education Coordinator Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov.

Groups who want to drop a line but do not have their own equipment can borrow rods, reels, and tackle, and get instructional handouts. Email jim.lagacy@mass.gov to check availability and borrow gear. 

Special accommodations during events

If you have a disability or a medical condition and you would like to request special accommodations, or if you speak a language other than English and you would like to request an interpreter, please email susan.sacco@mass.gov.


Want to share your knowledge and experience with others? Consider becoming a volunteer fishing instructor and passing on your passion! Email jim.lagacy@mass.gov to learn more. 

Other resources to learn to fish

Can't come to a fishing class? It's still easy to learn! All you need to get started is some simple gear and a little practice. Learn on your own with these tutorials.

You need a license to fish in freshwater if you are 15 or older. Licenses are free for those 15-17 and over 70. Get your license now.

Interested in saltwater fishing? Check out the Saltwater Angler Education Program.

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