Frequently Asked Questions

About the youth

  • Who ensures that the kids are safe?

    • Programs Director

    • Volunteers

    • Parents/Guardians

  • How much does this cost?

    • This is free for the youth.

    • Adults who want to fish as well must pay a $25 fee.

  • What are the age ranges?

    • Under 8 must be accompanied by and adult.

    • 8+ can accompany a volunteer

  • What happens if the child doesn't enjoy fishing?

    • The child has the option to call their parent or guardian and be picked up.

  • What happens if a child acts out(breaks things/hurts or endangers others)?

    • The trip is over and the child will not be allowed back into the program.

  • Where do the kids go if they need to use the bathroom?

    • The children should always use the bathroom at home before going fishing.

    • Some bodies of water have bathrooms or porta-potties nearby.

About the adults

  • Can I accompany my child?

    • Absolutely, we promote parents joining their children fishing.

  • Can I participate even if I don't have a child?

    • We have adults only trips where it is $25 per person

  • Who can/can't participate in fishing friends?

    • Everyone can participate in Fishing Friends.

      • You must sign up and coordinate with us first.

  • What do adults need to bring?

    • Water


About the program

  • Where do we go fishing?

    • All around Hampden County. It depends on what we are fishing for that day.

  • How will we be fishing?

    • It is based on the age of the youth participating and their experience.

    • It also depends on the type of fish we are trying to catch.

    • Mainly Bass Fishing, it is the most common.

  • What are the safety precautions?

    • Our Programs Director is a Certified Red Cross Life Guard.

    • We teach water safety before, during, and after our trips.

  • What is provided to the youth?

    • We provide the fishing equipment, sunblock, hand sanitizer, and bug spray.

  • When are the trips?

    • Youth can go fishing weekdays after-school from 4-sunset.

    • Summer sessions: 8-11am, 12-3pm, 4-7pm.

  • How big are the groups?

    • 2-4 youth per trip depending on the number of parents and volunteers.

  • How long are the trips?

    • Normally the trip are approximately 3 hours long.

      • (or until the participants are collectively ready to stop.)


About the donations

  • Why should I donate?

    • You are donating to the mission of teaching youth about fishing.

  • What can I donate?

    • Equipment

    • Food and Water

    • Monetary Funds

    • Vehicles

  • How do I donate?

    • Call our business line 413-308-0090

    • Click here

  • How do I get a receipt for my donation?

    • Fishing Friends Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

    • Donors who itemize on their Tax Returns can receive a Tax Receipt.

  • Where do my donations go?

    • Your donation go to Fishing Friends Inc. and are used to teach youth about fishing.

      • Supplies to keep the Non Profit running and provide to the youth.

      • Insurance for the Non Profit to run securely and take care of the youth.

      • Professional and legal Assistance

      • Transportation

If you have additional questions please email us or call the number below.