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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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Have you thought about learning to fish but don’t know the first thing about rods and reels, casting, or bait? MassWildlife's Angler Education Program helps beginners dive into the world of freshwater fishing. Program festivals and clinics are fun, hands-on, non-competitive, and usually free!

Upcoming fishing festivals, clinics, and classes

February 11 & 13: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Dam Field Office (48 Old Oxford Road, Charlton), 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville. *Open to the public for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 to register.

February 16: Cheshire Rod and Gun Club and Adams Outdoorsmen for Youth Ice Fishing Derby, Cheshire – This is a family friendly ice fishing event. Come learn how to ice fish or compete in the derby, at both the first and second Hoosac Lakes (also known as Cheshire Reservoir) from sunrise to 4 p.m. Instructors will be on-site to assist at the boat launch area off of Rte. 8 and the causeway between the two lakes off of Farnam Rd. No pre-registration required. Youth fun prizes for first, second, and third place. For more information contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

February 19: Family Ice Fishing Clinic, Sudbury This is a free family friendly learn to ice fish event at Puffer Pond in the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (Winterberry Way, Sudbury), 3–5 p.m. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; equipment and bait will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. *Open to the public, minimum age is 10. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309. *PLEASE NOTE: Less than 6" of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event. 

February 25 & 27: Beginner 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), 6:30–8:30 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 register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309. 

February 29: Family Ice Fishing Festival,  Chesterfield – This is a free learn to ice fish event at Scout Pond – Tolgy Wood (the old Chesterfield Scout Reservation at Sugar Hill Road in Chesterfield), 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-served basis. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Boy Scout Council. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309. *PLEASE NOTE: Less than 6" of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event. 

March 10: Family Ice Fishing Clinic, Lancaster – This is a free, family friendly learn to ice fish event at the Lancaster Town beach on Spec Pond (Old Turnpike Road, Lancaster), 5–7 p.m. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; equipment and bait will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Lancaster Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is mandatory. Contact the Lancaster Recreation Department at https://www.ci.lancaster.ma.us/recreation or (978) 365-3326 Ext. 1108 for more information. *PLEASE NOTE: Less than 6" of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event. 

March 17 & 19: Beginner 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, 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 required. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

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