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Theresa Stabo
Aquatic resources educator
608-266-2272

Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend: June 7 - 8, 2014

Sweet Family

Learn alongside the kids on Free Fishing
Weekend, and be ready when they say,
"Take me fishing, please!"

Life's a fishing picnic! Especially on Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, June 7 - 8, 2014. Residents and nonresidents are welcome!

Fish anywhere!

Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun!

Need fishing gear?

No fishing gear? No problem. We have fishing poles that you can borrow at many state parks and DNR offices. Contact a Tackle Loaner site at one of several state parks and DNR regional offices to borrow one. Call the DNR staffer or partner listed for each site to find out what specific equipment is available and to arrange to pick it up. New for this year: State Parks and Recreation Areas are waiving entrance stickers for the whole weeekend, so pick your day.

Host a Free Fishing Weekend event!

If you would like us to post your event on our Web site, just fill out and return this Free Fishing Weekend Planning Form [PDF] by May 28, 2014 and you'll be good to go! Details are on the form. Remember to plan for adults who may have missed the fishing boat as kids! We’ll post your events as we learn of them. Of course, you can just take your friends fishing without telling us, but we love to hear your stories about how you coaxed your pals out for a free weekend of fishing.

Attend a Free Fishing Weekend event!

Dozens of free fishing clinics are offered on Free Fishing Weekend by many fishing clubs, local parks departments, community centers and civic organizations. Learn the basics and fish using equipment provided at most of these events. We'll post Free Fishing Weekend clinics here as we learn about them. Please check back often for updates.

Location: Whitewater
Event: Fishing Clinic
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to ?
Place: Kravath Lakefront Park - meet at the boat ramp
Description: Learn to fish! Door prizes for children
Target Audience: All ages are welcome. Come learn along with the kids!
Sponsor: UWW/Community Optimists Club
Contact: Rick Fassl, 262-473-4906. Rick could use some assistance at this event. Please call him if you can help out.
Location: Chippewa Falls
Event: Family Fishing and Clinics
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Marshall Park
Description: On-going clinics throughout the day.All ages welcome.
Target Audience: All ages are welcome, but activities are geared toward children. Come learn along with the kids!
Sponsor: Chippewa YMCA
Contact: Kyle Beach, Recreation Director, 715-723-2202 Ext. 116
Location: Beaver Dam
Event: 12th Annual Kids' Fish-N-Fun Day
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to ?
Place: Edgewater Park
Description:
  • Boating safety
  • Knot tying
  • Casting
  • Fish identification
  • Fish Tank
  • Safety Warden
  • Smokey Bear
Target Audience: All ages are welcome, but activities are geared toward children. Come learn along with the kids!
Sponsors:
  • Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association
  • Beaver Dam Bass Anglers
  • Senior Center Fishing Club
  • Wisconsin DNR
Contact: Nancy Schrufnagel, 920-386-2531
Location: Sheboygan Falls
Event: Fishing Clinic
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: River Park - North of County HWY PP, West of HWY 32 and West of the YMCA
Description:
  • Stocked fishing area
  • Free bait
  • Fish cleaning & cooking
  • Fishing poles available to borrow
  • Canoing on the river
  • Archery range
  • BB gun range
Target Audience: All ages are welcome, but activities are geared toward children. Come learn along with the kids!
Sponsors: Sheboygan County Conservation Association and Camp Y-Koda
Contact: Warden Michael Clutter, WI DNR Conservation Warden, 920-893-8538
Location: Oconomowoc
Event: Supervised Fishing
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Place: Memorial Park - South of Wisconsin Avenue
Description: Learn the basics at educational stations, including:
  • Safety
  • Knot tying
  • Baiting a hook
  • Casting & reeling
  • Pop-can fishing
Target Audience: Kids, ages 6 to 14.
Sponsor: City of Ocnomowoc
Contact: Jennifer Froemming, Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation & Forestry, 262-569-2199
Location: Milwaukee
Event: EB Garner 18th Annual Sporting Event
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Washington Park Lagoon
Description: A fishing outing and auto show! All childen are invited to come learn the art of fishing
  • Water safety
  • Knot tying
  • Baiting a hook
  • Casting & reeling
Some gear is availble for loan from the DNR and Mr. White's Live Bait Shop. Bring your own if you have it.
Target Audience: All welcome! Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Sponsors: EB Garner and Mr. White's A&C Live Bait Shop
Contact: EB Garner, 414-342-3929
Location: LaCrosse
Event: It's Your Access, Use It!
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Place: Pettibone Park, at the intersectons of Hwy 14, 16, & 61
Description:
  • Introduction to Fishing
  • Learn about the abundance of public access opportunities
Target Audience: Kids ages 2 to 12, but all ages welcome.
Sponsors:
  • Union Sportmen's
  • Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO
  • City of LaCrosse Parks & Recreation Department
  • Western Wisconsin Building & Trades Council
Contact: Bill Brockmiller, 608-386-0753

Find information on purchasing a fishing license [exit DNR] here and you'll be ready to fish for the rest of the year!

Pssst! We also have Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Next year it will be on January 17-18, 2015.

Last revised: Tuesday April 15 2014