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GO FISH! (FOR FREE)
Fishing is a great way to spend some quality time with family or friends in the great outdoors. If you are a novice, bring family or friends to one of the free fishing festivals near you! MassWildlife's Angler Education Program has teamed up with groups to provide free fishing opportunities and loaner equipment for beginning anglers of all ages. Fishing events for the month of May are below. No license is needed by participants at these events. Don't forget that the statewide Free Fishing Weekend will be June 2-3, 2012! Anyone can fish recreationally for free on both fresh and salt water during these two days.

" May 5 -- Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton-- This new event will be held at Snows Pond, located at Fay Mountain Farm off Cemetary Road from 10:00am - 2:00pm, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. MassWildlife is participating in this festival in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Commission. Contact: Charlton Conservation Commission, Todd P. Girard (508) 248-2247 or email: todd.girard@townofcharlton.net

" May 5 -- Westborough Spring Fishing Challenge, Westborough-- On Sandra Pond at the Minuteman Park in Westborough from 9:00am - 1:00pm, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. MassWildlife's Angler Education Program is providing a limited quantity of fishing equipment at this event. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or email jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

" May 6 -- Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline --From 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Brookline Reservoir, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. MassWildlife is participating in this festival in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or email jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

" May 12 -- US Fish & Wildlife Service Kids Fishing Event, Sunderland-- Bring your kids to the US Fish and Wildlife Service regional officeat the Cronin National Salmon Station on East Plumtree Road, Sunderland. MassWildlife's Angler Education Program is providing a limited quantity of fishing equipment for this event. For more information, contact Bryan Sojkowski at Bryan_Sojkowski@fws.gov.

" May 12 --Coes Pond Fishing Derby, Worcester-- On the shores of Coes Pond, from 8:00am - 11:00am, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. MassWildlife's is participating in this festival in cooperation with the Worcester Fish & Game Association. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or email jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

" May 19 -- Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlborough --This special festival is open to disabled veterans only at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club, 10:00 - 2:00pm. The Angler Education Program is partnering with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

" May 20 -- Whitmans Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth-- On the shores of WhitmanPpond, from 10 AM - 2 PM, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. MassWildlife's is participating in this festival in cooperation with the Whitman's Pond Association and Weymouth Youth and Family Services. Contact Marie Feely at (781) 340-6976 for more details.