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.

Tuesday, August 2, 5–7 p.m.

Onota Lake in Pittsfield

Click here to registerInstruction offered in English and Spanish / Instrucción ofrecida en inglés y español.

Thursday, August 4, 5–7 p.m.

Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield

Click here to registerInstruction offered in English and Spanish / Instrucción ofrecida en inglés y español.

Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Windsor Lake in North Adams

Click here to register. Instruction offered in English and Spanish / Instrucción ofrecida en inglés y español. 
Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Upper Highland Lake (DAR State Forest) in Goshen In cooperation with MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Fearing Pond, Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth

In cooperation with Friends of Myles Standish State Forest and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Saturday, Oct. 1

Dufresne Pond Recreation Area in Granby

Open to kids 14 and under and their families. Pre-registration required; email jennifer_lapis@fws.gov to register. In cooperation with Amherst and Granby Police & Fire and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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.