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Get the basic information you need to get on the water and try your luck.

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

Contact information
Theresa Stabo
Aquatic resources educator

Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend

Thanks to all our 2014 Free Fishing Weekend Hosts!

Dozens of events, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of smiles and lots of fish and sunshine! What more could you ask for? Thank you, volunteers for organizing 31 registered events, marshalling great crews of volunteers and serving more than 2500 people. We also appreciate all the people who just invited their friends out to try something new - fishing!

Sweet Family

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, 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!

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

Pssst! We also have Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Next year it will be on January 17-18, 2015.

Need fishing gear?

No fishing gear? No problem. We have fishing poles that you can borrow at many state parks and DNR offices. Contact the DNR staffer or partner listed for each Tackle Loaner site to ask what equipment is available and to make arrangements to pick it up. Typically, gear must be reserved in advance at DNR offices, but drop-in options are possible at state parks. We don't want you to miss out if you left home without your fishing pole!

Last revised: Thursday July 03 2014