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To learn more about the Fishing for dinner initiative and get involved, contact:
Theresa Stabo

Fishing Wisconsin Fishing for dinner initiative

Fishing for Dinner

Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to land one on your dining table for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home.


Cooking Fish

Northern pike done to perfection by Chef Patrick McKormick.

Attend a class

Classes are being planned for this winter to teach adults what they've been missing - knot-tying, casting, fish identification and preparing your catch for the table.

Milwaukee County
Save these dates!
  • Watch for registration information for an ice fishing class hosted by the Urban Ecology Center (UEC).
  • Classes will be held Wednesday evenings and on a Saturday.
Community: Milwaukee, WI
Dates and locations:
  • Wednesdays, January 24 and January 31, 2018 - Classroom sessions at UEC, Washington Park location, 1859 N 40th Street.
  • Saturday, February 3 - Ice fishing with the Pike Lake Fishing Club at Pike Lake in the Northern Kettle Moraine.
  • Wednesday, February 7 - Cook the catch at Hunger Task Force in Franklin with Chef Leslie Peterson of Outpost Foods.
Target Age: Adults
Contact: To register and for more information contact
Erick Anderson [exit DNR], Community Program Coordinator, 414-344-5460.
Details, including nominal cost information, to come another day!
Dane County
Dates to be announced!
  • Watch for registration information for an ice fishing class in Madison.
Community: Madison, WI
Target Age: Adults
Details, including nominal cost information, to come another day!

We shedule classes in areas where people have expressed an interest and where we have partners in place to host and help lead the sessions. Watch this site for updates on class offerings, dates and locations.

Eat local – fish

The Farm to Fork concept is growing in popularity and suggests a parallel Pond to Plate companion, whether that "pond" is a stream or a lake – Great, large or small. As far as "food miles" are concerned, most Wisconsinites live within 50 miles of fishable waters that offer many places to catch a healthy and delicious dinner, with a low food-miles score. Sustainability is an important component, so filling the freezer does not fit the model, but savoring that occasional treat from familiar waters does.

Chefs, local foods advocates and community groups have joined us in this project to offer classes. Cleaning and cooking instructions will be part of the mix and we will include information on how to minimize consumption of fish contaminants such as mercury and PCBs.

Sound good to you? Then keep your eyes open and sign up for GovDelivery notifications so you'll be among the first to know when class registration materials are ready!

Angler recruitment and retention

The Fishing for Dinner Initiative is an angler recruitment and retention program; its primary goal is to lure a new anglers to the water's edge and encourage them to join us as stewards of Wisconsin's bountiful fisheries. The focus is on young adults who have an interest in local, sustainably raised food – we hope they will consider the fish they catch as part of a healthy diet.

Last revised: Friday October 27 2017