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- Theresa Stabo
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Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend
Did you miss Free Fishing Weekend this past June?
Don't wait for next June to roll around before hitting the water. There is still plenty of good fishing to be had, and if you're new to the sport, you get off cheap with the "First-timer" resident license for only $5.00. You can't see a first-run movie for that price!
A big thank you!
Dozens of events, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of smiles and lots of fish and sunshine! What more could you ask for? Thank you, volunteers and sponsors!
Dates to remember
Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June. For 2017, it will be January 21 22 and June 3 4.
Get a license
New to fishing, but want to make it a habit after Free Fishing Weekend? Try our "First-time buyer" resident license for only $5. Discounts for non-residents too!
Here is more information about purchasing a fishing license so you'll be ready to fish any time of the year!
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.
Host a Free Fishing Weekend event!
Watch for planning forms about three months before Free Fishing Weekend. Give us the details and we'll post your event on this site.
More fishing opportunities
The Department of Tourism lists events at The Great Outdoors - Fishing,.