No license is required to fish any public lake, pond, reservoir, stream, or river in Massachusetts from 12am Sat., June 4 until 11:59pm Sun., June 5, per MassWildlife.
All other fishing regulations, including catch limits, apply during Free Fishing Weekend. Other than Free Fishing Weekend, you need a license to fish in fresh water if you are 15 or older. If you’re 15–17 or 70 and older, your license is free. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs. Buy your fishing license here.
For saltwater anglers, Free Saltwater Fishing Weekend is June 18-19.
Great places to fish in Natick:
- Dug Pond (see hundreds of trout released)
- The Charles River (including at the South Natick Dam)
- Lake Cochituate
Pickerel Pond is also a great place to fish and hike.
We defer to true anglers in the crowd for any additional wisdom or information you might like to pass along regarding fishing in Natick: firstname.lastname@example.org