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MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program provides people of all ages a chance to learn and try fishing.
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Learn to fish

StatewideCelebrate the arrival of warm weather by attending one of the many MassWildlife Angler Education Program events held across the state this spring. There events are for adults, kids, and families who want to learn how to fish in a non-competitive environment. Fishing equipment and bait are available to use at most events, and no fishing license is required to participate. Most events are also free to attend. Find an event near you:

May 5: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Festival, Needham
May 5:
 Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton
May 6: Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline

May 10: Family Fishing Clinic, Littleton
May 12: Coes Pond Family Fishing Event, Worcester
May 12:  Westborough Civic Club Family Fishing Festival, Westborough

May 15: Family Fishing Clinic, Shrewsbury
May 17: Family Fishing Clinic, Wellesley
May 19: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Granby
May 19: Veterans Family Fishing Festival, Marlborough
May 19: Spec Pond Family Fishing Derby
May 19:
 Family Fishing Festival, Burlington
May 20: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth
May 21: Family Fishing Clinic, Concord

May 22: Family Fishing Clinic, Raynham
May 23: Family Fishing Clinic, Lexington
May 29: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoneham
May 30: Family Fishing Clinic, Andover
June 2: Get Up and Get Outdoors Family Fishing Festival, Charlton
June 2: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Festival, Turners Falls
June 3: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford
June 5: Family Fishing Clinic, Wakefield
June 6: Family Fishing Clinic, Canton
June 7: Family Fishing Clinic, Swansea
June 12: Adult “Learn to Fish”, Westborough

June 13: Family Fishing Clinic, Brewster
June 14: Family Fishing Clinic, Rochester
June 16: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham
June 16: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury
June 30: Jamaica Pond Family Fishing Festival, Jamaica Plain Boston

To get more information about a fishing event that interests you, go to the Angler Education Calendar. Don’t forget to share your fishing photos with us on Facebook and see what other Massachusetts anglers are catching!

Mark your calendars for this year’s Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend on June 2-3. Take a friend or family member fishing - you won't need a fishing license to fish any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream statewide from 12 a.m. Saturday June 2 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday June 3. While you can fish for free on June 2-3, a license is required at all other times if you're 15 or older. If you're 15-17, your license is free. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs. Learn more license purchases and fees.

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.