Every Spring, FirstLight and its partners host a free day of fishing and other fun activities on the beautiful Connecticut River.

Adults and children of all ages are welcome.  Ride the FREE Fish Bus shuttle between sites!

At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill

  • Free fishing from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!
  • Fishing equipment provided – limited supplies available. Bring your
    own pole if you have it.
  • No fishing license needed. MassWildlife staff and volunteers will be on hand to teach people how to fish.

At Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A

  • Fly lure tying demonstrations.
  • Fly fishing casting demonstrations.
  • Fish viewing from the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab.
  • CATCH THE FISH BUS HERE! Free shuttle bus provided to and from Barton Cove.

At Turners Falls Fishway: 15 First Street

  • Fish printing – The art of Gyotaku, from noon to 2:00pm.

Thank you to all of our partners: MassWildlife, Western Mass Fly Fishermen, Turners Falls Fishway, Friends of the Center, and USGS.