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Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend - June 4 -5, 2016
Life's a fishing picnic! Especially on Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, June 4 - 5, 2016. Residents and nonresidents are welcome!
Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun!
Need fishing gear?
No fishing gear? No problem. We have fishing pole 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. New for this year: State Parks and Recreation Areas are waiving entrance stickers for the whole weekend, so pick your day.
Host a Free Fishing Weekend event!
If you would like us to post your event on our Web site, just fill out and return this Free Fishing Weekend Planning Form by May 25, 2016 and you'll be good to go! Details are on the form. Remember to plan for adults who may have missed the fishing boat as kids! We’ll post your events as we learn of them. Of course, you can just take your friends fishing without telling us, but we love to hear your stories about how you coaxed your pals out for a free weekend of fishing.
Attend a Free Fishing Weekend event!
Dozens of free fishing clinics are offered on Free Fishing Weekend by many fishing clubs, local parks departments, community centers and civic organizations. Learn the basics and fish using equipment provided at most of these events. We'll post Free Fishing Weekend clinics here as we learn about them. Please check back often for updates.
Saturday Events June 4, 2016
Community: Rhinelander Place: Hodag Park Date: June 4, 2016 Time: 9 a.m. to Noon Target Age: Kindergarten through 8th grade & parents. Description: Family Fun Day! Kids will learn fishing basics:
- Fish ID
- Safety by the water
- ...and much more!
Sponsor: Oneida County 4H Contact: Anne Williams [exit DNR] 715-365-2750 Community: Sheboygan Falls Place: River Park–North of CTH PP, west of Hwy 32, west of YMCA Date: June 4, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Target Age: All ages welcome but geared towards children.
No unaccompanied children, please.
Description: Stocked pond with free bait and fishing poles available for use!
- Fish cleaning and cooking demonstrations
- Archery and BB gun ranges
- Canoeing on the river
- ... and more!
- Sponsored by Sheboygan County Conservation Association
- Camp Y-Koda
Contact: Michael Clutter, 920-893-8538.
Check back again for more events. We'll post them as we learn about them!
Pssst! We also have Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Next year it will be on January 21 - 22, 2017.
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 for the rest of the year!
More fishing opportunities
The Department of Tourism lists events at The Great Outdoors - Fishing,.