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Theresa Stabo
Aquatic resources educator
608-266-2272

Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend: June 6 - 7, 2015

Sweet Family

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

Life's a fishing picnic! Especially on Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, June 6 - 7, 2015. Residents and nonresidents are welcome!

Fish anywhere!

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 weeekend, 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 [PDF] by June 1, 2015 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.

Order free educational materials

Download order forms for educational materials about fishing [PDF] and aquatic invasive species [PDF]. Here are the order forms as Word Documents, if you prefer: fishing and aquatic invasive species.

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.

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. Here's what's cookin' now:

Most planned events are scheduled for Saturday; Sunday events are highlighted in red.

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.

Bayfield County

Location: Bayfield
Event: Open house and kids fishing
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Place: Les Voigt State Fish Hatchery
Description:
  • Open house
  • Kids fishing
  • All free!
Target Audience: Ages 3 - 16
Sponsors: Stores and clubs across the Bayfield County area
Contact: Darren Miller

Door County

Location: Fish Creek
Event: Fishy things
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 and Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Peninsula State Park, White Cedar Nature Center on Bluff Road. Enter the park from Hwy 42 in Fish Creek. The nature center is 2.4 miles from the park entrance..
Description:
  • See live native fish
  • Craft a fsih
  • Learn to cast
Target Audience: All ages
Sponsors:  
Contact: Kathleen Harris

Douglas County

Location: Brule
Event: Family fun day
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Brule Fish Hatchery and Brule River State Forest Campground, Follow the signs, register at the Hatchery. From US 2 take Ranger rd. to hatchery Rd. From WI 27 take Hatchery road.
Description:
  • Family
  • Fun
Target Audience: All ages welcome
Sponsors: WI DNR, Brule River Sportsmen's Club, Douglas Co. Fish and Game League, Western Lake Superior troller's Assoc., North Country trails assoc.
Contact: Bill Gobin

Dunn County

Location: Knapp, WI
Event: Learn to fish with certified instructors
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Place: Pond in Village of Knapp, WI
10 miles west of Menomonie
Description:
  • Bait provided
  • Loaner Zebco 33's available
  • Fly fishing instruction
  • Loaner fly fishing gear available
  • All free!
Target Audience: Ages 5 - 13; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sponsors:
  • Knapp Lions Club
  • Wisconsin Clearwaters Trout Unlimited
  • Chippewa Valley Fishing Club
Contact: Dennis Vanden Bloomen, Volunteer Lead Instructor, number Ext. 715=379-6792.

Fond du Lac County

Location: Campbellsport, WI
Event: Learn to Fish Rodeo with Fish Biologists' Tools of the Trade Demonstration
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Place: Long Lake Recreation Area Fishing Pier located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee
Description:

After completing the fishing skills rodeo, experienced anglers will help hone your skills at the fishing pier. Bring your own gear or gear will be provided. Come see first hand how fish biologists use fyke nets, shockers, and fish tags to determine the health of a lake's fish population.

Target Audience: Ages 6 to adult
Sponsors:
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit
  • DNR Fish Biologist (Travis Motl)
  • Long Lake Fishing Club
Contact: Jackie Scharfenberg

Kenosha County

Location: Burlington
Event: Youth Fishing Clinic
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
Place: Kenosha County KD Park
Directions: 8530 352nd Avenue Burlington, WI 53105
Description:

Fishing clinic for youth.

Target Audience: Ages 7-14
Sponsors:
  • Kenosha County Division of Parks
  • UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service
Contact: Andrew Strother

Location: Kansasville
Event: Learn to Fish
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Place: Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Shelter #2 in Area 1.
Directions: Located in western Kenosha County, 8 miles west of I-94 on HWY 142. Detailed directions are found here. [PDF]
Description:
  • Join Walleyes Unlimited USA to learn to fish or brush up on your techniques.
  • Bring your own equipment or use DNR bait and tackle.
  • Free admission to the park today!
  • Learn more about Walleyes Unlimited USA. [PDF]
Target Audience: Everyone welcome.
Sponsors:
  • Walleyes Unlimited USA
  • WI DNR
Contact: Beth Goeppinger, Park Naturalist, 262-878-5607.

LaCrosse County

Location: LaCrosse
Event: Fishing Picnic
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Place: Pettibone Park, 700 Pettibone Drive North; at the intersections of Hwy 14, 16, & 61
Description:
  • Introduction to Fishing
  • Bait provided
  • Loaner fishing poles available
  • Door prizes for every child
  • No child leaves empty-handed
  • Be sure to join us after the event for a picnic lunch
Target Audience: Kids ages 3 to 16, but all ages welcome.
Sponsors:
  • Union Sportsmen's
  • Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO
  • City of LaCrosse Parks & Recreation Department
Contact: Bill Brockmiller, 608-386-0753.

Oneida County

Location: Rhinelander
Event: Learn to Fish
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Place: Hodag Park
Description: Our partners will have 17 learning stations set up to teach youth and fammilies about fishing and the aquatic environment, including:
  • Fishing with live and artificial bait
  • Casting
  • Water safety
  • Aquatic invasives
  • Knot tying
  • Bait and limited amounts of loaner gear provided
  • All free!
Target Audience: Grade school-age youth and their families.
Sponsors:
  • UW Extension
  • Oneida County 4-H
  • WI DNR
  • United Steelworkers
  • Laser Pros International
Contact: Anne Williams, 715-365-2750

Ozaukee County

Location: Belgium, WI
Event: 2015 Ozaukee County Fishing Clinic
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Harrington Beach State Park
Puckett's Pond
531 County Road D
Directions: See map on flyer [PDF].
Description: Come out for a fun day of fishing!
  • Loaner fishing gear
  • Lunch
  • Giveaways
Target Audience: All welcome! Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Sponsors:
  • Grafton Youth Hunting Association
  • Great Lakes Sport Fishermen — Ozaukee County Chapter
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Contact: Conservation Warden Tony Young, 262-993-0078

Polk County

Location: Osceola Fish Hatchery
Event: Osceola's Rhubarb Festival and DNR's Free Fishing Weekend
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: Stocking fish at 8:00 am; Fishing from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Place: Osceola Mill Pond, downtown Osceola
Description:
  • Fishing
  • Cleaning fish
  • Bait and equipment available
Target Audience: 15 years old and under
Sponsors:
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Boy Scouts
  • Local volunteers
Contact: Peter Jensen

Portage County

Location: Stevens Point
Event: Cops and Bobbers
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Place: Bukolt Park, Stevens Point, WI (At the shelter)
Description:
  • Catch and release tournament
  • Free bait
  • Fishing poles available to borrow
  • Lunch provided
  • Prizes
Target Audience: Ages 4-13 accompanied by parents
Sponsors:
  • Portage County Law Enforcement agencies
  • Stevens Point Elks Lodge #641
Contact: Deputy Eric Koepsell (Portage County Sheriff's Office)

Sheboygan County

Location: Sheboygan Falls
Event: Fishing Clinic
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: River Park - North of County HWY PP, West of HWY 32 and West of the YMCA
Description:
  • Stocked fishing area
  • Free bait
  • Fish cleaning & cooking
  • Fishing poles available to borrow
  • Canoeing on the river
  • Archery range
  • BB gun range
Target Audience: All ages are welcome, but activities are geared toward children. Come learn along with the kids!
Sponsors:
  • Sheboygan County Conservation Association
  • Camp Y-Koda
Contact: Warden Michael Clutter, WI DNR Conservation Warden, 920-893-8538.

Taylor County

Location: Northwest of Medford
Event: Learn to Fish
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Place: Lake Esadore — 4 miles west on Hwy 64, 4 miles north on CTH E, then half a mile west on Perkinstown Avenue to the lake.
Description: Several stations will be set up:
  • Casting
  • Knot tying
  • Tackle box review
  • Fishing contest
Target Audience: Ages 7 - 10 with an adult parents
Sponsor:
  • Taylor County Sportsmen's Club
Contact: Lori Brandt, 715-785-7128.

Waukesha County

Location: Oconomowoc
Event: Supervised Fishing
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Place: City Beach
Oconomowoc Community Center
220 W. Wisconsin Ave
Description: Learn the basics at educational stations, including:
  • Safety
  • Knot tying
  • Baiting a hook
  • Casting & reeling
Target Audience: Kids, ages 6 to 12.
Sponsor: City of Oconomowoc
Contact: Jennifer Froemming, Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation & Forestry, 262-569-2199.

State Fish Hatchery and Facility Open Houses

Dates vary - some open house events are held in conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend. Check back for upcoming events.

Last revised: Tuesday May 26 2015