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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.

Wisconsin Wild Harvest Partner Training

We are inviting seasoned anglers, hunters, chefs and community organizers to attend a training workshop on planning and leading these classes in your community. Learn techniques for serving up a combo platter of conservation to young adults (or adults of any age) who may have missed the fishing boat as kids or were never taken afield, so lack basic outdoor skills. Attendees will commit to offering classes and cultivating mentors for these programs. Mentors will be asked to complete a background check by completing DNR Form 4100-217 [PDF].

  • Date: June 20-22, 2017
  • Place: Kemp Natural Resources Field Station, near Minocqua
  • Time: TBD
  • Contact Theresa Stabo, 608-266-2272, by June 8 if you have interested in attending this training workshop.

Attend a class

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

Madison Area

Sign up for a 4-session class (flyer) [PDF] based in Madison. Indoor sessions will be held at the DNR Service Center in Fitchburg. We'll fish from the pier or from canoes on Lake Wingra, and cook the catch at Wingra Park. The class starts on Tuesday, June 6, 2017; more details in the flyer. Register to hold your spot with this registration form [PDF] with a check. (We're kind of old fashioned with our registration.)
Registration deadline for Madison class: May 30, 2017.

Cost: $15.00

La Farge - Driftless Area

Sign up for a weekend class (flyer) [PDF] near La Farge. Our home base will be the Driftless Folk School and we'll venture out from there to explore nearby fishing opportunities. The class starts on Friday evening, July 14 2017; more details in the flyer. Register to hold your spot by mailing in this registration form [PDF] with a check. (We're kind of old fashioned with our registration.)
Registration deadline for La Farge - Driftless class: June 30, 2017.

Cost: $35.00

Potawatomie State Park - Near Sturgeon Bay

Our FIN'terns (Fishing in the Neighborhood Interns) will be leading weekend classes at Potawatomie State Park.

The 3-session classes start on Friday evenings and end early afternoons on Sunday.

Class #1 July 7, 8 and 9, 2017.
Class #2 August 4, 5 and 6, 2017.

Campers and local residents are invited to attend. More information and registration materials will be posted soon.

Registration deadlines: For July class: June 30, 2017; For August class: July 28, 2017.

Cost: $10.00

Milwaukee Area

The Urban Ecology Center (UEC) will host a 4-session class in August. Dates are August 3 and 10 at the UEC'sWashington Park location, August 12 at a fishing hot spot to be announced and cooking with Chef Leslie Peterson of Outpost Foods on August 17, at Hunger Task Force. Watch for registration materials in the days ahead.

Stay tuned for details.

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 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.

Drop by to say hello!

We'll have an exhibit table and demos at the Energy Fair in Custer June 16-18.

Last revised: Thursday May 18 2017