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

Viroqua - Driftless Area

Sign up for a weekend class (flyer) [PDF] near Viroqua. In cooperation with the Driftless Folk School, our class will be based at the farm of Ann and Chris Mahan about 10 miles northwest of Viroqua. 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 Viroqua - Driftless class: June 30, 2017.

Cost: $35.00

Potawatomi State Park - Near Sturgeon Bay

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

Campers and local residents are invited to attend these weekend classes for friends and families. Not recommended for young children; parents or guardians are responsible for the safety of their children. Plan to camp?

Reserve a campsite at Potawatomi State Park.

The 3-session classes start at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings and end by 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Fishing outings will be mornings on Saturday and Sunday, and Saturday afternoon. You'll cook the catch Sunday afternoon. See (poster) [PDF] for more details.
We're kind of old fashioned with our registration system, as you'll see.

Class #1 July 7, 8 and 9, 2017.
Send registration form [PDF] with a check.

Class #2 August 4, 5 and 6, 2017.
Send registration form [PDF] with a check.

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

Cost: $10.00 per person

Milwaukee Area

The Urban Ecology Center (UEC), with the help of FIN'terns and volunteers, will host a 4-session class in August. Dates are August 3 and 10 at the UEC's Washington Park location (1859 N 40th Street in Milwaukee), 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 in Franklin.

Register directly with the Urban Ecology Center [exit DNR] at their Washington Park Branch [exit DNR].

Contact: Erick Anderson [exit DNR], Community Program Coordinator, 414-344-5460.

Cost: $15.00, UEC Members; $18.00, Non-members

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.

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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 June 22 2017