Are your kids starting to show an interest in the outdoors but you don't know where to start? You don't need to be a fishing expert to let your kids enjoy a day at the pond. MassWildlife's Angler Education Program has free events that can get your kids ready to catch a big one.

Your kids can get the ABCs of fishing including how to set-up a fishing rod, how to cast a line, tie different notes, and identify different fish. You can even borrow equipment and fish without a license during their family fishing festivals.

Family Fishing Clinic at Lewin Brook Pond in Swansea. This is a family-friendly, learn to fish clinic that is open to the public on Thursday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Carol Gafford at or (508) 674-9609 for more information.

Taunton River Watershed Association Family Fishing Festival in Somerset. On Sunday, July 21, you can have fun at Village Waterfront Park for a non-competitive, family-friendly, learn to fish event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can bring your own fishing equipment or borrow some of the equipment provided (while it lasts). This event is open to the public and no pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Lagacy at or (508) 389-6309 for more information.

If you are a bit more advanced and want to get your kids out on the water, use MassWildlife's map to find ponds, river, streams and other great fishing spots close to you. Locations marked with a gold star are the most easily accessed making it a good place for you to catch a memory you'll never release.

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