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Saltwater Angler Education Program

The Saltwater Angler Education Program was created to engage the public in saltwater fishing in Massachusetts. Our mission is to teach responsible fishing in an enthusiastic environment and create avid anglers.
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Let’s Go Fishing youth fishing clinics

These educational events are intended for families and groups with 5 to 15 year-old attendees.

The clinic will cover:

  • Knot tying
  • How to Cast
  • Fishing from a pier and from shore
  • Measuring your catch and following regulations
  • Responsible Angler Practices
  • Catch and Release Fishing

and includes fun takeaways, handouts, coloring books, instructional field guides, and more!

Register for an upcoming fishing clinic

2022 youth fishing clinic dates below! Registration links become active several weeks prior to the event under the "clinic" headline. As clinics reach capacity, you will be notified about waitlist status. 

Date Time Clinic Location
September 24 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Reel Fun Fishing Day Nut Island, MA


Questions? Interested in learning more about having DMF help you plan a saltwater fishing clinic or activity? Contact Christine Cassidy at christine.cassidy@mass.gov with the subject line "Saltwater Fishing Clinic Information"

Fishing seminars

We offer educational seminars geared towards adults who would like to learn more about saltwater fishing. If you're interested in hosting a seminar, please let us know so we can tailor a class to the needs of your group. Possible seminars include:

  • Saltwater fishing 101:  The basics     
  • Understanding fishing equipment for each species  
  • Targeting saltwater species in Massachusetts and where to fish  
  • How to filet and cook saltwater fish of Massachusetts

Other resources to learn to fish

Can't come to a fishing class? It's still easy to learn! All you need to get started is some simple gear and a little practice. Download our Saltwater Fishing Field Guide and watch the partnering video tutorials to learn how to setup saltwater fishing gear, tie fishing knots, cast, and successfully catch and release your first fish! 

You need a license to fish in saltwater if you are 16 or older. Licenses are free for those age 60 or older. Get your license now.

Interested in freshwater fishing? Check out the Freshwater Fishing Education Program.

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