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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.




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 — coming soon.
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

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: Saturday April 25 2015