Angler education calendar

MassWildlife hosts learn-to-fish events throughout the year. Instructors are always on site at clinics and fishing festivals to help you reel in your first catch.

2017 fishing festivals, clinics, and classes

September 9: Fishing Clinic, Dalton – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at the Berkshire Natural Resources Council's 50th Birthday Celebration at Holiday Farm (100 Holiday Cottage Road, Dalton) from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309.

September 9: “Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Road in Russell from 10 a.m.2 p.m. No fishing license required. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council. For more information, contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com.  

September 9: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. No fishing license required. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309.  

September 17: Fishing at the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo “The Big MOE”, Sturbridge This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. There will be equipment and bait provided at the fishing station. In cooperation with the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge (24 Hamilton Rd.), 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information. Click here for more details about the Big MOE.

September 30: Friends of Fearing Pond Family Fishing Festival, Plymouth This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Fearing Pond in the Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. No fishing license required. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Contact Bill Vickstrom at wrvick@comcast.net for more information.

Past events

January 25 and February 1: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Belchertown – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at MassWildlife’s Connecticut Valley District Office, 341 East Street, Belchertown from 6:30 P.M. 8:30 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

*CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SAFE ICE: February 4: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Charlton – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Buffumville Lake in Charlton from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, and the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Giles @ Buffumville Lake (978) 318-8411 and Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil or Jim Lagacy 508-389-6309 and jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Todd Girard 508-248-2247 and todd.girard@townofcharlton.net, *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED

February 8 and 15: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, from 7:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tyers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

*CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SAFE ICE: February 12: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Georgetown – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Pentucket Pond in Georgetown from 10:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Georgetown Fish and Game Association. *Open to the public. For more information, contact John Holt at jhnholt2@gmail.com. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED

*CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SAFE ICE: February 12: Macgyver “Ed” Peary Ice Fishing Derby, Billerica – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event at Nuttings Lake in Billerica from 7:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department. *Open to the public, registration is on site the day of the event, registration fee is a gift for a child (so that every child goes home with something) but please RSVP 978-987-3487 to let them know you intend on coming and to check if there is safe ice. Parking will be available at Micozzi Beach in Billerica – enter lake through Turnpike Market parking lot. If you have extra ice traps (tip-ups) please bring them to share. Bait will be available onsite for a minimum charge – bring a bait bucket. For more detailed information call the Billerica Recreation Department @ 978-671-0921. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

February 21 and 23: Basic Freshwater Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Charlton Senior Center, 37 Main Street, Charlton  from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Todd Girard to pre-register at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net

*CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SAFE ICE: March 4: Boy Scout Ice Fishing Festival, Williamsburg –  This is both an ice fishing education program and derby open to all scouts and their families at Chesterfield Scout Reservation in Williamsburg from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment will be available. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Council. There will be a charge of $5 per person payable in person to the Western MA Council. For more information contact Tim Vogel at tim@tekoamountainoutdoors.com or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL ONLY BE HELD IF THERE IS 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SAFE ICE. IF THE FORECAST IS FOR RAIN, OR SNOW THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED.

March 18: Basic Rod Building Class, Westborough – Learn how to build your very own fishing rod at MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Master rod builder Ray Cote from Cote’s fly Shop will lead the class. There is a $140 fee payable to Cote’s fly shop for all associated materials and rod building bench which you need to order prior to the class. This class is for fly or spinning rods. Pre-Registration is Mandatory – please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at 508-389-6309 and jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 and todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

April 23: Angler Education Program Display & Casting Program, Springfield – come learn to cast and have fun at the Springfield Science Museum Earth Day Festival, 21 Edwards Street in Springfield, 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact the Springfield Science Museum at 413-263-6800 x325

April 29: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield  This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Forest Park in Springfield from 7:30 A.M. 12:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Springfield Elks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Springfield Parks Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

April 30: Middleton Stream Team Earth Day Festival, Middleton – This is a free, family friendly, Earth Day event featuring a learn to fish program at Creighton Pond Camp (Essex St.) in Middleton from 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Middleton Stream Team and is open to the public. For more information, contact mstmiddletonma@gmail.com

May 6: Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Fay Mountain Farm, 12 Cemetary Rd in Charlton, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net

May 6: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Festival, Needham This is a family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Needham Reservoir, 470 Dedham Ave. from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with Needham Park and Recreation Commission. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at 781-455-7550

May 6:  Westboro Civic Club Family Fishing Festival, Westborough  – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Sandra Pond (Upton Road) in Westborough from 9:00 A.M. –1:00 P.M.. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Westboro Civic Club. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Gerry Knall at dacoach50@verizon.net

May 6:  US Fish and Wildlife Service Family Fishing Festival, Hadley – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event at the Regional office, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. The Angler Education Program is assisting with equipment . *Open to the public. For more information, contact Ron Essig at ron_essig@fws.gov

May 7:  Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline  This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Brookline Reservoir (located along Route 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline) from 9:00 A.M. 12:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department; there will be a charge of $7 per family for this event which is payable online, by phone, or in person the day of the event to the Brookline Recreation Department. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309, jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

May 10: Adult “Learn to Fish” Clinic, Belchertown This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley Field Office, 341 East Street in Belchertown, from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 13: Coes Pond Family Fishing Derby, Worcester – This is both a derby and a fishing education event sponsored by the Worcester Fish and Game Association at Coes Pond in Worcester (John Binienda beach area) from 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 20: Family Fishing Festival, Burlington –  This is non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Mill Pond Reservoir (Park and walk in from the Water Treatment Plant on Winter Street) in Burlington from 10:00 A.M.  1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Burlington Recreation Department. There will be a charge of $25 per family for this event (which includes food and one raffle ticket for each member of the family) payable prior to the event online, www.burlingtonrecreation.org or in person at the Burlington Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required. For more information contact the Burlington Rec. Dept. at www.burlingtonrecreation.org., or 781-270-1695

May 20: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlboro – This is a family friendly fishing event open to disabled veterans and their families. This event is cosponsored by and located at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club, 1 Muddy Lane, Marlboro, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 20: Spec Pond Family Fishing Derby, Wilbraham  – This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Spec Pond, 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), Wilbraham from 9:00 A.M.  –  1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 21: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth  –  This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth (boat launch area off of Middle St.) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. *Open to the Public. For more information contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 23: Adult Only Fishing Clinic, Harwich –This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at Long Pond in Harwich from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Harwich Recreation Department. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Sue Fraser at 508-430-7553 or sfraser@town.harwich.ma.us 

June 3: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Festival, Turners Falls  –  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be providedat the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the pubic – for more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 4: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – This is a non-competitive, family-friendly, learn to fish event at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, Danvers from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with Danvers Recreation. This is a FREE event; however, all visitors are subject to a $1 resident vehicle or $3 non-resident vehicle user fee.  *Open to the public. For more information, contact Christine Dean at 978-774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 10:  “Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Russell Pond in Camp Moses, Birch Hill Road in Russell from 10:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Roberts at steven.roberts@scouting.org

June 10: Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn   This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Horn Pond in Woburn (south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off of Pond Street) from 9:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Woburn. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 10: Family Fishing Festival, Westborough – In conjunction with MassWildlife's Open House and the Town of Westborough's 300th Anniversary Celebration, families are welcome at the Westborough Reservoir (Sandra Pond) to learn how to fish from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. MassWildlife staff will provide instruction, equipment, and bait. No fishing license required. Click here for more MassWildlife Open House information.  

June 11:  Family Fishing Festival w/the Georgetown Fish & Game Association, Georgetown  –  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Indian Hill Reservoir, Moulton St., Byfield, from 9:00 A.M. –  1:00 P.M. *Open to the public. For more information, contact John Holt at jhnholt2@gmail.com          

June 12 & 13: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Newton  –  This is an adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners at the Cove Picnic area, 0 West Pine Street, Auburndale from  6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Newton Recreation Department. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. There is a $10 per person fee payable to the Newton Recreation Department. Go to Newton Parks and Recreation at www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/default.asp to sign up. For more information, contact Judy Dore at 617-938-4664 and jdore@newtonma.gov

June 14: Adult “Learn to Fish” Clinic, Westboro – This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at Minuteman Park on Westborough Reservoir (Sandra Pond), Upton Road, from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with Westborough Recreation. *Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Alan Grady at 508-366-3066 or agrady@town.westborough.ma.us

June 17:Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury  –  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Great Meadows, 73 Weir Hill Rd., Sudbury, from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Sue Russo at susan_j_russo@fws.gov

June 24: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham –This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at Spot Pond in Stoneham (located at the Straw Point area on the north end of Spot Pond off of New South Street) from 9:00 A.M. –  1:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation DCR and the Stoneham Police. *Open to the Public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 16:  Taunton River Watershed Association Family Fishing Festival, Berkeley This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Dighton Rock State Park, Bay View Ave, Berkeley from 12:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 19: Family Fishing Clinic, Billerica – This is a free, non-competitive, learn to fish event. No fishing license required.  Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Nuttings Lake in Billerica from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department.  Contact Donna Hansen at 978-671-0921 or dhansen@town.billerica.ma.us for more information.

July 22: Fishing Clinic at Neponset RiverFest, Dorchester – Learn to cast with MassWildlife at the Neponset RiverFest from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the DCR Neponset II Park at 35 Granite Ave, Dorchester Center, MA. Try out a kayak or canoe on the Neponset River, explore a tidepool with the New England Aquarium, take a chance on a new fishing rod and reel, and much more! This is a free, family-friendly event, open to the public. Learn more about RiverFest

July 29: Houghtons Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at Blue Hills Reservation, Picnic Area #5, Blue Hill River Rd, Milton from 10:00 A.M 1:00 P.M. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Blue Hills Reservation, Maggie Brown at maggie.brown@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

August 12: Fishing Clinic, Goshen – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Upper Highland Lake in the DAR State Forest in Goshen (78 Cape Street) from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).*Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309.

August 23: Adult Fishing Clinic, Sudbury – This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at the Assebet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776) from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.  This event is in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309. 

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