Summertime is a great time to get hooked on fishing! Below are some helpful hints to fishing in freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in Massachusetts.
- Get a Fishing License – Anyone 15 years old or older is required to purchase a license to fish in freshwater. Kids under 15 years old can fish and don’t need a license! Buy your license online, at a MassWildlife District office, or from a license vendor. Your license purchase supports fishing education programs, fish hatcheries and stocking efforts as well as fish research and habitat restoration.
- Get Your Fishing Gear – Sporting goods stores, along with bait and tackle shops have all the equipment you need. Beginners can start out with a spincast rod and reel with line, bobber, and hooks for bait such as earthworms, mealworms or powerbait. If you are boating, make sure you have your life preserver with you and that youngsters 12 years old and under are wearing them.
- Find a Place to Fish – There are many choices of fishing locations in Massachusetts. Get started by checking out the MassWildlife Pond Maps and the Boating and Fishing Access sites.
- Learn to Fish – MassWildlife offers fishing festivals where volunteers help novice anglers of all ages learn to fish. The MassWildlife Angler Education calendar lists festivals happening all over Massachusetts.
- Fish by the Rules – Fishing dates, creel and length limits and other laws and regulations are posted online and available in print at MassWildlife District offices and license vendor locations.
- Fish Responsibly –Be an Angler Ambassador. Whatever you take with you, bring it back home. Take back litter careless anglers and other outdoor users may have left at your fishing site. Report any fishing or litter violations to the Environmental Police (game wardens) at 1 -800-632-8074 at any time of day or night.
Summer is the perfect time to fish, so don’t miss out. Start exploring the waters of Massachusetts today!
Share your summer fishing pictures with us by tweeting @MassGov.
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