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.

Thursday, July 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Bowers Spring Conservation Area in Bolton

Pre-registration required; register on the Bolton website. In cooperation with the Bolton Conservation Dept.

Monday July 11, 5–7 p.m.

Green Hill Park Pond in Worcester

Click here to register. Instruction offered in English and Spanish / Instrucción ofrecida en inglés y español. In cooperation with the City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks.

Tuesday July 12, 5–7 p.m.

Morgan Park on Indian Lake in Worcester

Click here to register. Instruction offered in English and Spanish / Instrucción ofrecida en inglés y español. In cooperation with the City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks.

Wednesday, July 13, 5–7 p.m. Barrett Park in Leominster This program is offered by MassWildlife's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program and is designed for women age 15 and older. Click here to register.

Tuesday, July 19, 5–7 p.m.

Brookline Reservoir in Brookline

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

Wednesday, July 20, 5–7 p.m.

Lake Cochituate in Natick

Click here to register. Instruction offered in English and Spanish / Instrucción ofrecida en inglés y español.
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Jamaica Pond in Boston Click here to register. Instruction offered in English and Spanish / Instrucción ofrecida en inglés y español. In cooperation with the Puerto Rican Festival of MA
Tuesday, July 26, 6–8 p.m. Johns Pond Park in Mashpee  Pre-registration required; register on Mashpee website or call (508) 539-1416. In cooperation with Mashpee Recreation Dept.

Thursday, July 28, 5–7 p.m.

Ames Long Pond in Stoughton

Pre-registration required; register on Stoughton website or call (781) 341-1300 x9244. In cooperation with Stoughton Recreation Dept. 

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, 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.

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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