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Give yourself the license to relax and catch some memories while you're at it.
Regulations
Know the regulations to make your fishing more enjoyable.
Places to fish
Wisconsin offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Give them a try!
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Victoria

Call up a friend and plan a Free Fishing Weekend adventure!

Contact information
Theresa Stabo
Aquatic resources educator
608-266-2272

Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend

Sweet Family

Learn alongside the kids on Free Fishing
Weekend, and be ready when they say,
"Take me fishing, please!"

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, [exit DNR].

Last revised: Wednesday August 31 2016