Family Fishing Makes a Comeback

Massachusetts FREE Family Fishing Instruction Events

Teach Your Child To Fish Events in MA Sept-October!




September 20: Learn to Fish Clinic, Sudbury – Learn to set up your rod, tie knots, cast, and identify fish. This event is free, family friendly, and open to all skill levels. No fishing license is required. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Limited gear and bait will be provided. Join us 5–7 p.m. at Camp Sewataro Fishing Pond in Sudbury. In cooperation with the Lincoln-Sudbury Adult & Community Education Program. Pre-registration required, click here to register or call (978) 443-9961 x3326.

September 22: Learn to Fish Clinic, Medway – Learn to set up your rod, tie knots, cast, and identify fish. This event is free, family friendly, and open to all skill levels. No fishing license is required. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Limited gear and bait will be provided. Join us 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Choate Park Pond in Medway. In cooperation with the Medway Parks and Recreation Department. Pre-registration required, click here to register or call (508) 321-4740 for more information.

September 24: Learn to Fish Clinic, Plymouth – Learn to set up your rod, tie knots, cast, and identify fish. This event is free, family friendly, and open to all skill levels. No fishing license is required. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Limited gear and bait will be provided. Join us 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Fearing Pond, Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth. This event is in cooperation with Friends of Myles Standish State Forest and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

September 24: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson – This event is open to disabled veterans and their families. Learn to set up your rod, tie knots, cast, and identify fish. This event is free, family friendly, and open to all skill levels. No fishing license is required. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Limited gear and bait will be provided. Join us 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Riverside Rod and Gun Club in Hudson. In cooperation with the Riverside Rod and Gun Club, and the Hudson AMVETS. Contact Jim Lagacy (jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309) for more information.

September 24: Learn to Fish in Saltwater, Quincy – Learn how to fish for and identify striped bass and winter flounder with the Division of Marine Fisheries and MassWildlife; rods, bait, and tackle provided. Meet National Park Service Rangers, learn about the marine life in Boston Harbor, and explore the island trail. Join us 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Nut Island (Hough’s Neck) fishing pier in Quincy. Pre-registration is required, click here to sign up and for more information about the day’s events, parking, and shuttles.




When we talk of the climate crisis, we often focus on cataclysm—melting ice caps, California suburb aflame in December Mississippi disparate communities flooded and forgotten left to fend for themselves. Overshadowed are the subtler changes to our daily lives. One such change is the warming of cold-water lakes, rivers, and streams around the world. As these waters heat up, many fish populations will be in trouble. Which means fishing will be in trouble too. The changes are already under way.


To some this might seem unimportant. But fishing has never been simply a pastime. Fishing is summer vacations. It’s Saturday with your best buds or your daughter. For millions of people, fishing is a way to expose your family to the beauty and intricacies of the natural world, fishing is art and stories passed down as heirloom, a tradition fashioned of wisdom, adventure and generational family bonding. Yet most importantly for some it is a way to keep food on the table when money is short and stomachs are empty. In fact after the Covid-19 pandemic, fishing is now second only to jogging as the most popular outdoor pastime in America!


The number of American anglers continues to steadily increase from pre-pandemic levels, with 52.4 million Americans reporting that they participated in recreational fishing in 2021, according to a new report from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.



October 1: Cops and Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Granby – This event is for children under 14 and their families. Learn to set up your rod, tie knots, cast, and identify fish. This event is free, family friendly, and open to all skill levels. No fishing license is required. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Limited gear and bait will be provided. Join us 9 – noon at Dufresne Pond Recreation Area in Granby.


Directions from Boston MA.

Get on I-95 N in Wellesley from Walk Hill St, VFW Pkwy, W Roxbury Pkwy, Hammond Pond Pkwy and MA-9 W/Boylston St.

24 min (9.7 mi)

Follow I-90 W to MA-21 N in Ludlow. Take exit 54 from I-90 W

1 hr 9 min (71.3 mi)

Take Rood St, Fuller St, Chicopee St and Kendall St to your destination in Granby

Dufresne Recreation Area Granby, MA 01033


In cooperation with the Amherst, and Granby Police and Fire Departments, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Pre-registration is required, contact Jennifer Lapis (jennifer_lapis@fws.gov or (413) 256-5502) to register.


If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations or will require translation services for an upcoming event, please contact Susan Sacco via email at susan.sacco@mass.gov.