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Saltwater Angler Education Program

The Saltwater Angler Education Program was created to engage the public in saltwater fishing in Massachusetts. Our mission is to teach responsible fishing in an enthusiastic environment and create avid anglers.
saltwater fishing clinic

Let’s Go Fishing youth fishing clinics

These educational events are intended for families and groups with 5 to 15 year-old attendees.

The clinic will cover:

  • Knot tying
  • How to Cast
  • Fishing from a pier and from shore
  • Measuring your catch and following regulations
  • Responsible Angler Practices
  • Catch and Release Fishing

and includes fun takeaways, handouts, coloring books, instructional field guides, and more!

Register for an upcoming fishing clinic

2023 youth fishing clinic dates below! Registration links become active several weeks prior to the event under the "clinic" headline. As clinics reach capacity, you will be notified about waitlist status. 

Date Time Clinic Location
June 3 10AM-2PM Deer Island Boston, MA
June 10 9-11AM
Family Fishing Day Provincetown, MA
June 10 12-5PM Marine and Harbor Fest Fisherman’s Beach
Swampscott, MA
June 24 10AM-2PM Water Boating Safety Day:
Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center
Sandwich, MA
July 27 5-8PM Family Fishing Event:
Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center
Sandwich, MA
Aug. 8 4-6PM Family Fishing Event: Fort Taber Fishing Pier New Bedford, MA
Aug. 12 11AM-2PM Reel Fun Fishing Day at Castle Island Boston, MA
Sept. 12 4-6PM EVENT FULL
Cops & Bobbers: A Family Fishing Clinic
Fall River, MA
Sept. 30 10AM-2PM Reel Fun Fishing Day at Nut Island Quincy, MA


Questions? Interested in learning more about having DMF help you plan a saltwater fishing clinic or activity? Contact Kim Fine at kimberly.trull@mass.gov with the subject line "Saltwater Fishing Clinic Information".

Fishing seminars

We offer educational seminars geared towards adults who would like to learn more about saltwater fishing. If you're interested in hosting a seminar, please let us know so we can tailor a class to the needs of your group. Possible seminars include:

  • Saltwater fishing 101:  The basics     
  • Understanding fishing equipment for each species  
  • Targeting saltwater species in Massachusetts and where to fish  
  • How to filet and cook saltwater fish of Massachusetts

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. Download our Saltwater Fishing Field Guide and watch the partnering video tutorials to learn how to setup saltwater fishing gear, tie fishing knots, cast, and successfully catch and release your first fish! 

You need a license to fish in saltwater if you are 16 or older. Licenses are free for those age 60 or older. Get your license now.

Interested in freshwater fishing? Check out the Freshwater Fishing Education Program.

Contact for Saltwater Angler Education Program


DMF Staff Directory View 


(617) 727-3337


Gloucester Field Office
30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

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