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This spring and summer, MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program will host and/or offer support at a series of weekend family fishing festivals throughout the Commonwealth. At all of these events, Angler Education Program volunteers are on hand to answer questions about the fish in our waters, safety ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have a rod and reel, bring them along, but if you don’t there will be a limited quantity of fishing equipment for you to borrow.  Are you new to fishing?  Don't sweat it–Angler Education Program volunteers will help you get started!

Starting May 14 in Springfield, the series kicks off with a festival at Spec Pond. Please contact Jim Lagacy, Angler Education Program Coordinator, for more info: (508) 389-6309 or email

On June 5 the Angler Education Program will host the 19th Annual Horn Pond family fishing festival in cooperation with the Woburn Elks. Also on June 5 is the Teach and Take Child fishing clinics in Bourne. Three, two-hour clinics will be offered by the Red Top Sporting Goods store at Queen Sewell Pond in Buzzards Bay. Pre-registration is required so make sure you call or e-mail Elizabeth Stromeyer at (508) 274-0119 or

The following weekend, on June 11, Sudbury will be hosting their own Family Fishing Day at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, contact Sue Russo at (978) 443-4661×34 or email her at  Angler Education Program volunteers will be on hand to help you get started.

On Saturday, June 18, Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center will hold a festival in Montague, near Turner’s Falls. This event will be held in the nearby park on the Connecticut River from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please contact Contact Sarah Bevilacqua at (413) 863-3676 or for more information.  Angler Education Program volunteers will be on hand to help you get started.

At summer's peak, the Blue Hills Reservation will host a festival in Canton.  On July 18, come out to Houghton's Pond for some late morning fun with the whole family.  For more information please contact the Blue Hills Reservation at (617) 698-1802.  Although the event is not hosted by the Angler Education Program, volunteers will be there and ready to answer any questions.

Fishing is a fun and easy gateway to the world of outdoor activities! Please remember that if you are over the age of 15, you need a Massachusetts freshwater and saltwater fishing license.

Information on how to obtain a freshwater license.

Information on how to obtain a saltwater license.

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