Learn to fish events

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Fishing events for beginners

Learn to ice fish with MassWildlife! Learn how to set up your rod, use a tip-up, and bait your hook. 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. Please note: Events will be canceled if ice is less than 6 inches thick or if there is heavy rain or snow.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2 – 4 p.m.

Jordan Pond in Shrewsbury Canceled due to lack of safe ice.

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.

Old Reservoir in Lexington Canceled due to lack of safe ice.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.

Choate Park Pond (7 Oak St.) in Medway Canceled due to lack of safe ice.

 

Fly Tying for Beginners

February 13 and 15: Beginners Fly Tying Class, Westborough (FULL) – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course. This class will be held at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough) from 6:00  8:00 p.m. All tools and tying materials will be provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at: jim.lagacy@mass.gov or call 508-389-6309.

February 27 and 29: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Belchertown – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course. This class will be held at MassWildlife's Connecticut Valley District Office (341 East Street, Belchertown) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. All tools and tying materials will be provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at: jim.lagacy@mass.gov or call 508-389-6309.

March 5 and 7: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Cheshire – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course. This class will be held at the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club (310 Curran Road, Cheshire) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. All tools and tying materials will be provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at: jim.lagacy@mass.gov or call 508-389-6309.

March 26 and 28: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Foxborough – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course. This class will be held at the Bass Pro Shops in Foxboro (1 Bass Pro Drive, Foxboro) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. All tools and tying materials will be provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at: jim.lagacy@mass.gov or call 508-389-6309.


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.

Volunteer

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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