offered by

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.
Kid fishing with instructor

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

There are no upcoming events currently scheduled. Please check back soon! 

Past events

January 15 & 17:  Beginner Fly Tying Class, Sudbury – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (680 Hudson Rd. in Sudbury), 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 mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

January 29 & 31:  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 mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

February 2: Family Ice Fishing Festival,  Pittsfield  This is a free learn to ice fish event at Pontoosuc Lake (81 Narragansett Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Please park on the street around the park and walk onto the lake from there.) 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. 

February 5 & 7: 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 Rd., Charlton), 79 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 Todd Girard to register at todd.girard@townofcharlton.net or (508) 248-2247. 

February 9: 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) from 8:30 a.m. to 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. 

February 9: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Oxford – **THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS.**

February 10: MacGyver “Ed” Peary Ice Fishing Derby, Billerica – **THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS.**

February 18: Ice Fishing Clinic, Ashfield  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event at Ashfield Lake, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Meet at the Lake House Dock at 41 Buckland Road, Ashfield. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Mohawk Trail Regional School District After Care Program. *Open to the public, pre-registration required. For more information and to register, please contact Alia Woofenden at awoofenden@mohawkschools.org*PLEASE NOTE:  Less than 6" of safe ice, rain, or heavy snow will cancel this event. 

February 27: 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), 4–6 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, pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to register at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309. 

March 5 & 7: Beginner Fly Tying Class, Beverly – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at Endicott College in Beverly, (376 Hale Street, Beverly), 6–8 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. To register or for more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov.

March 12 & 14: 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 mandatory. To register or for more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov.

March 19 & 21:  Advanced Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn new fly tying skills 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. This event is co-sponsored by the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public, for intermediate to advanced fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. To register or for more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@mass.gov.

April 14: 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, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact the Springfield Science Museum at (413) 263-6800 x 325 for more information.

April 24 and May 1: Adult Learn to Fish Course, Westborough – This is a two session adult only fishing course designed for beginners. Come learn how to make this great pastime part of your life. The first session will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough), 6–8 p.m. The second session will be held on the water (Location TBD) on Wednesday, May 1, 6–8 p.m. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

April 27: Cops and Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield This event is intended for children 12 and under and their families. This is a free, learn to fish event at Forest Park (299 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA 01108) from 7:30 a.m. to 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. Pre-registration required. For more information or to pre-register, contact Jennifer Lapis at jennifer_lapis@fws.gov or (413) 256-5502. 

April 28: Earth Day Fishing Clinic, Middleton – *CANCELLED*

May 4: 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 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with Needham Park and Recreation Commission. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at (781) 455-7550 for more information.

May 4: 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 in Charlton (12 Cemetery Rd), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Todd Girard at (508) 248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net for more information.

May 5: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford – This is a family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided at the beach area off of Main Street in Oxford from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Oxford Conservation Department. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

May 11: Coes Pond Family Fishing Event, Worcester – **This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

May 11:  Westborough Civic Club Family Fishing Festival, Westborough – 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 Sandra Pond (Upton Rd., Westborough) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Westborough Civic Club. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Gerry Knall at dacoach50@verizon.net for more information.

May 16: Family Fishing Clinic, Wellesley This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Morse’s Pond Beach in Wellesley (Morse’s access road), 5–7 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Wellesley Recreation Department. Open to the public. Pre-registration required. Contact Brandon Fitts at bfitts@wellesleyma.gov or (781) 235-2370 for more information and to pre-register.

May 18: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Granby This event is intended for children 12 and under and their families. It is a free, learn to fish event at Dufresne Park Pond in Granby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Amherst, and Granby Police and Fire Departments, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Lapis at jennifer_lapis@fws.gov or (413) 256-5502 for more information.

May 18: Veterans Family 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. to 2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club. Open to all veterans and their families. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

May 18: 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 a.m. to 1 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 at www.burlingtonrecreation.org or in person at the Burlington Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Burlington Rec. Dept. at www.burlingtonrecreation.org or (781) 270-1695 for more information.

May 18: 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 at Spec Pond (2540 Boston Rd. (Rt. 20) in Wilbraham) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department, and United Bank. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

May 19: 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 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This event is in cooperation with the Whitman’s Pond Association. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

May 21: Family Fishing Clinic, Shrewsbury This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Dean Park Pond in Shrewsbury (805 Main St.) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Shrewsbury Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. contact the Shrewsbury Recreation Office at www.shrewsburyma.gov/parkrec or (508) 841-8503 for more information.

May 29: Family Fishing Clinic, Andover This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Pomps Pond in Andover (147 Abbot St.) from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Andover Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required. Contact the Andover Recreation Dept. at http://andoverrec.com/landing/index or (978) 623-8340 for more information.

June 1: Nuttings Lake Family Fishing Festival, Billerica 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 Nuttings Lake from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department and the Yankee BassMasters. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Donna Hansen at dhansen@town.billerica.ma.us or (978) 671-0921 for more information.

June 1: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson – This is a family friendly fishing event open to disabled veterans and their families at Riverside Rod And Gun Club (16 Wilkins St (Rt. 62) in Hudson) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Riverside Rod and Gun Club. *Open to disabled veterans and their families. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

June 1: 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 provided. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

June 4: Family Fishing Clinic, Wakefield This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Lake Quannapowit (Playground area off of Lake Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is in cooperation with both the Reading and Wakefield Recreation Departments. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required. Contact the Reading Recreation Department at https://readingma.myrec.com/info/default.aspx to pre-register.

June 8: 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Stoneham Police. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

June 9: Groton Greenway Riverfest, Groton – There will be a free family fishing clinic associated with this event. All equipment and bait will be provided at the Petapawag boat access area on the Nashua River from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

June 12: Family Fishing Clinic, Holden This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Trout Brook Conservation Area (354 Manning St), 6:30–8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Nashua River Watershed Association. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Kathryn Nelson of the Nashua River Watershed Association at kathrynn@nashuariverwatershed.org

June 13: Family Fishing Clinic, Canton This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Reservoir Pond (92 Pleasant Street) from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Canton Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Canton Recreation at https://www.cantonrec.com/info/activities/ to pre-register.

June 16: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers This is a non-competitive, 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 Danvers Recreation at Endicott Park (57 Forest Street, Danvers) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. No pre-registration required. Contact Erika Moretti at emoretti@danversma.gov or (978) 774-6518 for more information.

June 20: Adult “Learn to Fish”, Westborough This is learn to fish clinic designed for adult beginners at Sandra Pond in Westborough (Upton Rd.) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Westborough Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Westborough Recreation at www.westbororec.com/info/default.aspx or (508) 366-3066 for more information.

June 22: 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. This festival is in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service at the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex (73 Weir Hill Rd., Sudbury) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Jared Green at (978) 440-0280 or jared_green@fws.gov for more information.

June 22: Jamaica Pond Family Fishing Derby, Boston – This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Meet at the beach area along Pond Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Boston Police Department. Skip the line and register beforehand on Eventbrite (beginning on June 1) by searching for "Boston Police Fishing Derby." Please bring your printed ticket with you. You can also register the day of the event from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The Fishing Derby starts at 9 a.m. Food, prizes, giveaways, and more! *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.  

June 25: Family Fishing Clinic, Milton This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Turners Pond (Central Ave.) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Milton Recreation Department at https://www.townofmilton.org/parks-recreation or (617) 898-4940 for more information.

June 26: Family Fishing Clinic, Shirley – This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Lake Shirley in Lunenburg (Shady Point Beach Campground) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Nashua River Watershed Association. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Nashua River Watershed Association at http://www.nashuariverwatershed.org/programs-and-events.html for more information.

June 27: Family Fishing Clinic, Swansea This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Lewin Brook Pond (corner of Main Street and Hortonville Road) from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Swansea Public Library. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Carol Gafford at carol.gafford@sailsinc.org or (508) 674-9609 for more information.

July 11: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoughton This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Ames Long Pond (1000 Highland St., Stoughton) from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Stoughton Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Stoughton Recreation Department at www.Stoughtonrec.org or (781) 341-1300 x 9244 for more information.

July 12: Family Fishing Clinic, Boston This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at the Charles River Watershed Association Free Fun Friday Festival at Herter Park (1175 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, MA 02228) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Charles River Watershed Association. Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact the Charles River Watershed Association at https://www.crwa.org/ for more information.

July 13: Family Fishing Clinic, Sunderland  Learn how to fish at the Sunderland Riverside Park Grand Opening Celebration (School Street, Sunderland) from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Community Pathways Committee. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

July 17: Family Fishing Clinic, Billerica This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Nuttings Lake (Micozzi Beach at 586 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica) from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Billerica Recreation Department at http://billericama.myrec.com/info/activities/default.aspx or (978) 671-0921 for more information.

July 20: Family Fishing Clinic, Dorchester This is a free “learn to cast” clinic at the Neponset River Festival at the DCR Neponset II Park. Meet at the corner of Granite Ave. & Hilltop St. in Dorchester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

July 20: 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 a.m. to 12 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. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Maggie Brown of the Blue Hills Resevation at maggie.brown@state.ma.us

July 21:  Taunton River Watershed Association Family Fishing Festival,  Somerset – This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event at the Village Waterfront Park (274 Main Street, Somerset) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with Taunton River Watershed Association and the Bristol County Agricultural School. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

July 23: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoneham This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Spot Pond in Stoneham (Straw Point Parking area at the corner of South St. and Main St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Stoneham Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Stoneham Recreation Department at www.stonehamrec.com or (781) 279-2609 for more information.

July 24: Family Fishing Clinic, Westborough This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Sandra Pond (Westborough Reservoir on Upton Rd.) from 1 to 3 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Westborough Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Westborough Recreation at www.westbororec.com/info/default.aspx or (508) 366-3066 for more information.

July 26: Family Fishing Clinic, Worcester This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Greenhill Park Pond in Worcester (180 Greenhill Parkway) from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Worcester Parks and Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Worcester Parks and Recreation office at parks@worcesterma.gov or (508) 799-1190 for more information.

July 31: Family Fishing Clinic, Mashpee This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Johns Pond in Mashpee (Johns Pond Park on Back Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Mashpee Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Mashpee Recreation Department at www.mashpeerec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29714 or (508) 539-1416 for more information.

August 10: Family 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 – rt. 112) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).*Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

August 14: Family Fishing Clinic, West Boylston – This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Wachusett Reservoir (211 Temple St., West Boylston) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Lancaster Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Lancaster Recreation Department at www.ci.lancaster.ma.us/recreation or (978) 365-3326 ext. 1108 for more information.

August 19: Family Fishing Clinic, Andover  This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Pomps Pond in Andover (147 Abbot St.) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Andover Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Andover Recreation Dept. at http://andoverrec.com/landing/index or (978) 623-8340 for more information.

August 22: Family Fishing Clinic, Milton This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Turners Pond (Central Ave.) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Milton Recreation Department at www.townofmilton.org/parks-recreation or (617) 898-4940 for more information.

August 28: Youth Fishing Clinic, Sudbury This is a free learn to fish clinic designed for youth beginners at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

September 4: Adult Fishing Clinic, Sudbury This is a free learn to fish clinic designed for adult beginners at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (680 Hudson Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776) from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

September 7: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover 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. This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest (133 Jenkins Rd, Andover, MA 01810) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.

September 9: Family Fishing Clinic, Stoneham This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Spot Pond in Stoneham (Straw Point Parking area at the corner of South St. and Main St.) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Stoneham Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Stoneham Recreation Department at www.stonehamrec.com or (781) 279-2609 for more information.

September 11: Family Fishing Clinic, Medway This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Choate Park Pond (7 Oak St.) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Medway Parks and Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Medway Parks and Recreation Office for more information at (508) 321-4740 or https://medwayma.myrec.com/info/activities/default.aspx?type=activities.

September 12: Family Fishing Clinic, Shrewsbury – This is a family friend, learn to fish clinic at Dean Park Pond (785 Main St.) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Shrewsbury Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Shrewsbury Recreation Office after September 7 at www.shrewsburyma.gov/parkrec or (508) 841-8503 for more information.

September 18: Family Fishing Clinic, Billerica This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Nuttings Lake in Billerica (Micozzi Beach at 586 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica) from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Billerica Recreation Department at http://recreation.town.billerica.ma.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=1 or (978) 671-0921 for more information.

September 22: The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo “The Big Moe”, Sturbridge This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly event. Come learn to fish at the fishing station! Equipment and bait will be provided. In cooperation with the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge (24 Hamilton Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov for more information.

September 25: Family Fishing Clinic, Lexington This is a family friendly, learn to fish clinic at Old Reservoir in Lexington (Parking area off of Rt. 2A) from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the Lexington Recreation Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Lexington Recreation Department at www.lexingtonma.gov/recreation-community-programs or (781) 698-4800 for more information.

September 28: 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 in Plymouth from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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). *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

October 12: Cops and Bobbers, Hooks and Ladders Youth Fishing Program, Northampton This is a free, family friendly event designed to teach youth ages 14 and under to fish, connect with the outdoors, and develop positive relationships with law enforcement and safety officials in their communities. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. Join us at Willow Pond in Look Park in Northampton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Northampton Police and Fire Departments, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, and the Rotary Club of Northampton. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Lapis at Jennifer_lapis@fws.gov or (413) 835-5541 for more information.

Feedback