Family Fishing Opportunities

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Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your family in the great outdoors and learn a new skill or brush up on your technique? Try a free fishing course, clinic or family fishing festival near you! MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program has teamed up with other agencies, municipalities, organizations and businesses to provide free fishing opportunities and loaner equipment for beginning anglers of all ages. Fishing events for the month of May are below. View the Calendar/Events page at www.mass.gov/masswildlife for continually updated events.

May 18–Five Mile Pond Family Fishing Festival, Springfield — This event is designed to introduce curious or beginning anglers of all ages who have an interest in learning about fishing. Cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. Bait and terminal tackle included, bring your own rod and reel! 9 AM – 2 PM. The Festival is organized in cooperation with the Pine Point Community Council and the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department. MassWildlife Angler Education volunteers will be on hand to assist. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508/389-6309.

May 24–Watson’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Taunton–This event is designed to introduce curious or beginning anglers of all ages who have an interest in learning about fishing. Cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. No equipment is needed, but if you have your own, bring it along! 10 AM – 2 PM. The Festival is organized in cooperation with the Taunton Mayors Office & the Taunton Fish Wardens. MassWildlife Angler Education volunteers will be on hand to assist. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508/389-6309.

May 31– Family Fishing Day, Sudbury — Visit the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and try your hand at fishing with staff and Mass. Angler Education Program volunteers! Cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. Equipment will be provided, but if you have your own, bring it along! 10 AM – 2 PM. This special event is organized in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and MassWildlife. For more information, contact Sue Russo at 978/ 443-4661 x34.