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.

Let’s Go Fishing youth fishing clinics

These are 3-hour long educational events intended for children 7 to 15 years old. We work with a group of participants to provide learning through fishing activities. The clinic will cover:

  • How to Cast
  • Fish Prints
  • Knot Tying
  • Fish Measuring
  • Fun and Educational Handouts
  • Responsible Fishing Tips
  • Catch and Release Fishing

Register for an upcoming youth fishing clinic

2019 youth fishing clinic dates below! Click on the clinic link for its registration form. Registration forms will be available one month prior to the event. As clinics reach capacity, you will be notified about waitlist status. Check back soon for more clinic information!

Date Time Clinic Location
May 18

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Full)
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Available)

Cashman Park Fishing Clinic Newburyport, MA
May 23 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Nauset Beach Senior Center Fishing w/ Cape Cod Salties Orleans, MA
June 22

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Fort Taber Fishing Clinic w/ Buzzards Bay Angler Club New Bedford, MA
June 29 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cape Cod Canal Boating & Water Safety Day Sandwich, MA
July 17 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Due to potential thunder storms, the afternoon clinic 1:30pm-3:30pm is canceled) Salem Willows Fishing Clinic Salem, MA
July 24 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cape Cod Canal Family Fun Fishing Night Sandwich, MA
August 13

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM*

*afternoon session will be weather permitting

Bass River Fishing Clinic So. Yarmouth, MA
Sept 17 5 PM - 7 PM Onset Pier Family Fun Fishing Night w/ Buzzards Bay Coalition Wareham, MA
Sept 22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM For Taber Fishing Clinic w/ Buzzards Bay Coalition  New Bedford, MA

 

To register for a youth fishing clinic download the associated registration form. Send completed forms to Kim Trull at Kimberly.trull@mass.gov or mail forms to:


Annisquam River Station
30 Emerson Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930.

Past events

Past events
2018    
June 23 Cape Cod Canal Boating & Water Safety Day Sandwich, MA
June 30 Fort Taber Youth Fishing Clinic New Bedford, MA
August 1 Cape Cod Canal Family Fishing Night Sandwich, MA
August 8 Bass River Fishing Pier Youth Fishing Clinic South Yarmouth, MA
Sept 15 Fort Taber Youth Fishing Clinic New Bedford, MA

2017

   
September 24

Fort Taber Youth Fishing Clinic

New Bedford, MA
July 12 Family Fishing Night

Sandwich, MA

June 25 Fort Taber Youth Fishing Clinic

New Bedford, MA

June 24 Cape Cod Canal Boating and Water Safety Day Sandwich, MA
June 10 Salem Willows Youth Fishing Clinic Salem, MA

2016

   
August 24 A Day With DMF Fishing Event

Salem, MA

August 16 Youth Fishing Clinic South Yarmouth, MA
August 5 Youth Fishing Clinic for BELL group Castle Island
July 20 Junior Ranger Fishing Sandwich, MA
June 25 Cape Cod Canal Boating and Water Safety Day

Sandwich, MA

June 18 Salem Willows Youth Fishing Clinic Salem, MA
May 21 Cashman Park Youth Fishing Clinic Newburyport, MA
2015    
August Youth Fishing Clinic South Yarmouth, MA
June Cape Cod Canal Boating and Water Safety Day Sandwich, MA
2014    
August Youth Fishing Clinic South Yarmouth, MA

Additional Resources for

Angler education financial assistance

Groups looking to expand saltwater angler education programs in Massachusetts may be eligible for financial assistance. Funds can be used to:

  • Create recreational saltwater angling education events
  • Develop educational programs

Funds are limited and awarded based upon review of the completed application form. To apply, complete and return the assistance proposal form below.

Additional Resources for

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
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