Over on Trip Advisor, where I learn many things about my local area, a visitor inquired about obtaining a fishing license for his trip to Boston. I must admit, I haven't given that a bit of thought in years. But, as more of us join the grow it, gather it, keep it local movement, it's something we should know about.
What is required to fish along the Charles or Mystic River or another fresh water spot?
"Licenses to hunt and fish in fresh water (inland waters) are required of anyone 15 years and over. Trapping licenses are required for anyone 12 years old and over," writes the state of Massachusetts on their "Who Needs a License" information page.
If these bass fishermen want to move their boat to salt water they will need "A MA Recreational Saltwater Fishing permit, or a recreational saltwater fishing permit from a state that has a reciprocity agreement with Massachusetts." You can find all the fine print about Salt Water Fishing Permits here.
Now that spring is officially here, you may want to get the paperwork out of the way. Then you can grab your fishing gear and get out and spend some quiet time enjoying nature.
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Words: Penny Cherubino
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