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May 2024

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2024 fishing and hunting season summary

May 2: Bird Walk at Wayne F. MacCallum WMA, Westborough — The Forbush Bird Club is hosting a bird walk from 6–8 a.m. at MassWildlife’s Wayne F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area in Westborough. Meet at 6:00 a.m. on the north side of Lake Chauncy off Hospital Road off Lyman Street. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring your own binoculars. Also consider packing a bird ID field guide, water/snack, insect spray, and sunglasses. This walk is open to the public and all birding experience levels are welcome. Registration is required. Email Nick Paulson (grendelpgill@yahoo.com) with your name and contact information to sign up.

May 4: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford  Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish event at the beach area off Main Street in Oxford (get directions) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Oxford Conservation Department. Open to the public, no pre-registration required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

May 7: Family Fishing Clinic, Lexington – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Old Reservoir in Lexington (Parking area off of Rt. 2A; get directions) from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (781) 698-4800 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Lexington Recreation Department.

May 8: Family Fishing Clinic, Andover – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Pomps Pond in Andover (147 Abbot Street; get directions) from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (978) 623-8340 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Andover Recreation Department.

May 9: Family Fishing Clinic, Lincoln/Sudbury – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Camp Sewataro Fishing Pond (1 Liberty Ledge Road; get directions) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. All equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (978) 443-9961 x3326 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Lincoln-Sudbury Adult and Community Education Program.

May 9: Coexisting with Coyotes in Suburban Communities, Online – Join MassWildlife for a webinar to learn about eastern coyote biology, how coyotes use suburban areas, and how communities can take effective steps to coexist with coyotes. This talk will be presented by MassWildlife’s Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist, Dave Wattles, PhD. The webinar begins at 7 p.m. Presented in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library of Andover. Registration is required; click here to register.

May 9: Bird Walk at Wayne F. MacCallum WMA, Westborough – The Forbush Bird Club is hosting a bird walk from 6–8 a.m. at MassWildlife’s Wayne F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area in Westborough. Meet at 6:00 a.m. on the north side of Lake Chauncy off Hospital Road off Lyman Street. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring your own binoculars. Also consider packing a bird ID field guide, water/snack, insect spray, and sunglasses. This walk is open to the public and all birding experience levels are welcome. Registration is required. Email Nick Paulson (grendelpgill@yahoo.com) with your name and contact information to sign up.

May 11: Bass Fishing 101, Lunenburg – Learn how to target largemouth and smallmouth bass from the pros in a supportive environment. The class is from 3–6 p.m. at Shady Point Campground on Lake Shirley in Lunenberg. This class is designed for adult anglers with some experience or for new anglers ready to dive right into bass fishing. After instruction, participants will be able to practice with guidance from professional bass anglers and MassWildlife staff. Bring your own gear or borrow ours. Registration is required; sign up today to reserve your spot.

May 13: Mentoring Mondays: Hunting and Fishing Q&A, virtual – Get answers to your hunting and fishing questions during virtual mentoring sessions on the second Monday of the month! A panel of expert hunters and anglers will start each event with a brief presentation on a featured topic, then participants can ask questions about anything related to hunting or fishing in Massachusetts. May's featured topics are turkey hunting tactics and spring fishing. This event takes place virtually via Zoom from 6–7 p.m. Registration is required; click here to register. Once registered, you will receive an email with the event reminder and link to the meeting.

May 14: Frances Crane WMA Habitat Walk, East Falmouth – MassWildlife has been restoring native sandplain grasslands, barrens, and woodlands at Frances Crane WMA for many years. Biologists and ecologists involved in the project will discuss how these restoration projects have provided habitat for many rare species. The walk will take place from 1–3 p.m.; meet at the Nathan Ellis Highway (get directions). Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking. Site walks will be held rain or shine, but will be cancelled or cut short if there is thunder and lightning.

May 14: Family Fishing Clinic, Shrewsbury – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Jordon Pond in Shrewsbury (805 Main Street; get directions) from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (508) 841-8503 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Shrewsbury Recreation Department.

May 15: Montague Plains WMA Habitat Walk, Montague – Montague Plains is the largest intact inland glacial sandplain ecosystem in Massachusetts. Learn about over two decades of restoration work and upcoming projects. After the walk, participants can stay and listen to whip-poor-wills and woodcock at dusk, weather permitting. The walk will take place from 5:30–7:30 p.m.; meet at Old Northfield Road (get directions). Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking. Site walks will be held rain or shine, but will be cancelled or cut short if there is thunder and lightning.

May 15: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough and Online – The May monthly business meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough. Interested persons can attend the meeting either in person or via a Zoom video webinar. Click here to join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device with Passcode: 773030. Or join by phone: (929) 205-6099 with Webinar ID: 827 6265 9859 and Passcode: 773030.

May 17: Muddy Brook WMA Habitat Walk, Hardwick – Muddy Brook supports one of the largest actively managed fire-influenced landscapes in the interior of Massachusetts. The regionally significant barrens and oak woodland natural communities support over 20 state-listed species and a wealth of other highly specialized and often rare plants and animals. Ecologists will provide an overview of the ecology and management of the site. If the weather cooperates, whip-poor-wills and many other species should be heard. The walk will take place from 7–9 p.m.; meet at Patrill Hollow Road (get directions). Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking. Site walks will be held rain or shine, but will be cancelled or cut short if there is thunder and lightning.

May 18: Stafford Hill WMA Habitat Walk, Cheshire – Stafford Hill boasts a wide variety of wildlife habitats, from open shrublands and grasslands to forests and wetlands. Learn about the management and ecology of these diverse habitats from Masswildlife biologists and see great views of Mt. Greylock. The walk will take place from 10 a.m.–noon; meet at Stafford Hill Road (get directions). Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking. Site walks will be held rain or shine, but will be cancelled or cut short if there is thunder and lightning.

May 18: Veterans Family Fishing Festival, Marlborough  Veterans and their families are invited to this family friendly fishing event at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club (1 Muddy Lane; get directions) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. No pre-registration is required; contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Marlboro Fish and Game Club.

May 18: Spec Pond Family Fishing Derby, Wilbraham – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish event at Spec Pond (get directions) from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, no pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program, Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department, and Westfield Bank.

May 21: Family Fishing Clinic, Wellesley – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Morses Pond (204 Oakland Street; get directions) from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is required; call  (781) 235-2370 for more information and to register. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and Wellesley Recreation Department.

May 22: Family Fishing Clinic, Leominster – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Barrett Park (get directions) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (978) 534-7529 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Leominster Recreation Department.

May 23: Family Fishing Clinic, Medway – Join the fun at this learn to fish clinic at Choate Park Pond (7 Oak Street; get directions) from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration requiredclick here to register or call (508) 321-4740 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Medway Parks and Recreation Department.

May 29: Family Fishing Clinic, Milton – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Turners Pond (off of Central Ave.; get directions) from 5 – 7 p.m. Open to the public, pre-registration required; call the Milton Recreation Department at (617) 898-4940 for more information and to register. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Milton Recreation Department.

May 30: Family Fishing Clinic, Canton – Join the fun at this family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Bolivar Pond in Canton (get directions) from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (781) 821-5030 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Canton Recreation Department.

June 2024

June 1–2: Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend, Statewide – It's the perfect time to try fishing! No license is required to fish any public lake, pond, reservoir, stream, or river in Massachusetts from 12 a.m. Saturday, June 1 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 2.  Click here to learn more.

June 1: Cops and Bobbers Family Fishing FestivalGranby This event is intended for children 14 and under and their families. This free, learn to fish event will be held at Dufresne Pond Recreation Area in Granby (get directions) from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Amherst, and Granby Police and Fire Departments, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This event is open to the public, pre-registration required, contact Jennifer Lapis at jennifer_lapis@fws.gov or (413) 256-5502 for more information or to register.

June 1: Franklin Rod & Gun Club Fishing Derby, Franklin – Join the fun from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Uncas Pond (53 Florence Street). Bait, rods, and gear are available for free while supplies last. Trophies will be awarded to winners under 16. Fee for entry is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. An all-you-can-eat breakfast (starting at 6 a.m.) is available for $5; a free pizza lunch will be provided. Rain date is June 2. Click here for more information. 

June 2: Migratory Bird Walk at Leyden WMA, Leyden – Join MassWildlife habitat experts for a guided bird walk at Leyden Wildlife Management Area during peak migratory bird nesting season. The walk is from 7:30–10:30 a.m. Bring binoculars and water, dress for the weather, and wear closed-toed shoes good for walking on uneven ground. Birders of all experience levels are welcome. Registration is requiredclick here for more details and to reserve your spot.

June 4: Family Fishing Clinic, Easton – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at New Pond (New Pond access area Rt. 106; get directions) from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (508) 245-2819 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and Easton Recreation Department.

June 6: Family Fishing Clinic, Woburn – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Horn Pond (get directions) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Friends of Horn Pond.

June 8: Reel Fun Fishing Day at Deer Island – Join the fun at this family friendly learn to salt-water fish event at Deer Island Fishing Pier (get directions). The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the 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. Open to the public, pre-registration required; click here to register.

June 9: Women's Hike and Fish Class, Sterling – Join MassWildlife for a 3-mile hike at Wachusett Reservoir with a stop for fishing instruction and plenty of time to spread out and fish. The event is from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and open to women (age 15+) of all experience levels. Get more details and register.

June 10: Mentoring Mondays: Hunting and Fishing Q&A, virtual – Get answers to your hunting and fishing questions during virtual mentoring sessions on the second Monday of the month! A panel of expert hunters and anglers will start each event with a brief presentation on a featured topic, then participants can ask questions about anything related to hunting or fishing in Massachusetts. May's featured topic is bass fishing. This event takes place virtually via Zoom from 6–7 p.m. Registration is required; click here to register. Once registered, you will receive an email with the event reminder and link to the meeting.

June 15: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Festival, Turners Falls – Join the fun at this free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Great Falls Discovery Center (get directions) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public; no pre-registration is required; contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

June 15: Ipswich River Festival, North Reading – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinc as part of the Ipswich River Festival at Ipswich River Park (get directions) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public; no pre-registration is required. This event is being held in cooperation with MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Ipswich River Watershed Association.

June 20: Family Fishing Clinic, Swansea – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Lewin Brook Dam (get directions) from 6 – 8 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Swansea Public Library.

June 22: Family Fishing Clinic, Avon – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Brockton Park (get directions) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register

June 26: Family Fishing Clinic, Reading – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Lake Quannapowitt (Spaulding Playground area off Church St.; get directions) from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register or call (781) 942-9075 for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and Reading Recreation Department.

June 27: Family Fishing Clinic, Berkley– Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Dighton Rock State Park (get directions) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register

July 2024

July 18: Family Fishing Clinic, Bolton – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Bowers Spring Conservation Area (off Flanigan Road, get directions) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is required; contact the Bolton Conservation Commission to register at (978) 779-3304. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the Boston Conservation Commission.

July 25: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoughton – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Ames Pond (get directions) from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and Stoughton Recreation Department.

July 27: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury – Join the fun at this free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at the US Fish & Wildlife Service Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex (get directions) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public; no pre-registration is required; contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov for more information. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and the US Fish & Wildlife Service Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

July 30: Family Fishing Clinic, Grafton – Join the fun at this free, family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Silver Lake Beach (get directions) from 6 – 8 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Open to the public, pre-registration is requiredclick here to register. This event is being held in cooperation with the MassWildlife's Angler Education Program and Grafton Recreation Department.

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