The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering free mentored fishing training and practice sessions in August to college students and adults aged 18 and older. The program will comprise four sessions in various locations in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, culminating with a fishing tournament on August 13.
Participants will learn about regulations and licenses, fish identification, tackle box
components, casting, knotting, and general fishing skills. All participants will receive and keep a fishing rod and reel.
The department is looking to encourage more Marylanders to take up the exciting sport of fishing.
“In addition to becoming a confident angler, participants may have the opportunity to become mentors for future sessions,” said organizers.
Tentative dates and locations are: August 2 at Sandy Point State Park, August 5 at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, August 9 at Allen Pond Park, Bowie; and the final fishing tournament August 13 at Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three tournament contestants.
Registration will be first-come, first served, and limited to 20 participants. Anyone interested can register online by going to news.maryland.gov/dnr and looking for the announcement about the mentorship program. Selected participants will receive an email notification. Anyone who registers, but isn’t selected, will automatically be registered for future sessions.
A Maryland fishing license is required for any participants 16 years old and up – DNR staff will assist with the purchasing process for anyone who doesn’t have one prior to the first session.