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Bluegills on Brittingham Bay in Madison

Bluegills on Brittingham Bay in Madison.

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Theresa Stabo
Aquatic resources educator
608-266-2272

Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend - January 17-18, 2015

Thanks to all our 2015 Winter Free Fishing Weekend Hosts!

Scores of volunteers introduced more than 500 novice anglers of all ages to ice fishing. Thank you, volunteers, for organizing 9 registered events. We also appreciate all the people who just invited their friends out to give hardwater fishing a try!

Did you miss Free Fishing Weekend?

Don't wait for the next Free Fishing Weekend to roll around before hitting the water. There is still plenty of good fishing to be had.

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!

Find information on purchasing a fishing license [exit DNR] here and you'll be ready to fish for the rest of the year!

Here is a handy chart with more information about purchasing a fishing license so you'll be ready to fish for the rest of the year!

Dates to remember:

  • Free Fishing Weekend - Summer, June 6 & 7, 2015
  • Free Fishing Weekend - Winter, January 16 & 17, 2016
  • No license required!

More fishing opportunities

The Department of Tourism lists events at The Great Outdoors - Fishing, [exit DNR].

Need fishing gear?

No ice fishing gear? No problem. We have ice fishing tip-ups and jigging rods you can borrow at many state parks and DNR offices. You will need to use your own ice auger, claim an abandoned hole, or better yet — make friends with the anglers near you and ask them to drill you a hole or let you borrow their auger.

» Loaner fishing equipment contacts

Flag up!

For ice fishing information, check out ice fishing in Wisconsin.

Last revised: Wednesday February 04 2015