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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 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

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.

On the drawing board

Keep your eyes on this site!
We're cooking up a few more classes for this summer.

Our FIN'terns (Fishing in the Neighborhood Interns) will be busy this summer with Fishing for Dinner sessions, too. Look for them in:

  • Select state parks in Door County
  • Milwaukee County-area waters

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!

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
  • Watch for more information and application materials later this spring

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 at Canoecopia in Madison March 10-12 and at the Energy Fair in Custer June 16-18.

Last revised: Thursday March 09 2017