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.
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Upcoming fishing festivals, clinics, and classes

January 16 & 18: Fly Tying Class, Sudbury – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Assebet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, 680 Hudson Rd, in Sudbury from 6:30–8:30 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginner fly tiers 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

January 22 & 29: Beginners Fly Tying Class, Worcester – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street Worcester, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to seniors for beginning fly tiers only. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact the Worcester Senior Center at (508) 799-1232 to pre-register.

February 1 & 8: 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 6:30–8:30 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginner fly tiers 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

February 10: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Chesterfield Learn the basics of ice fishing at this free, hands-on event at the Chesterfield Scout Reservation (22 Sugar Hill Rd, Williamsburg, MA 01096) from 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; equipment and bait will be available on a first come first serve basis. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Boy Scout Council. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309. *PLEASE NOTE: Less than 6” of safe ice, rain or heavy snow will cancel this event.

February 13 & 15: Beginners Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Dam Field Office (48 Old Oxford Rd. Charlton) from 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville and the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Nicole Giles to pre-register at Nicole.c.giles@usace.army.mil or (978) 313-8411.

February 17: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Oxford This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Hodges Village Dam (Augutteback Pond – 30 Howarth Rd. Oxford) from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, the Charlton Conservation Department, and the Oxford Conservation Commission. *Open to the public – contact Nicole Giles at Buffumville Lake at (978) 318-8411 or Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil; Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us; or, Todd Girard at (508) 248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net for more information. *PLEASE NOTE: Less than 6” of safe ice, rain or heavy snow will cancel this event.

February 27 and March 1: Beginners 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 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers 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 for more information.

March 13 & 15: Beginners 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 Arts and Activities Council, 4 Dresser Hill Road, Charlton from 7–9 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 Kristen Petrik at anjlwngs@hotmail.com or (508) 248-3747.

April 28: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Forest Park in Springfield from 8 a.m.–12 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. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 19: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlboro – This is a family friendly fishing event open to all veterans and their families at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club (1 Muddy Lane, Marlboro) from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club. Please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

May 19: Spec Pond Family Fishing Derby, Wilbraham This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. 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, and United Bank at Spec Pond (2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), Wilbraham), 9 a.m.–12 p.m. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

 

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