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Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend - June 3–4, 2017

Sweet Family

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

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] and you'll be good to go! Details are on the form. Remember to plan for adults who may have missed out 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.

Spring is on the way!

And with it, opportunities to introduce your friends and family to fishing

Attend a Free Fishing Weekend event!

State Parks and Recreation Areas are waiving entrance stickers for the whole weekend, so pick your day!

Ashland County
Community: Ashland, WI
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI. Located 2 miles west of Ashland, WI, at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 2 and Cty. Hwy. G.
Target Age: Children ages 2–12
Come Learn the Basics of Fishing!
  • Register the morning of the event.
  • Bring a pole or use one of ours!
  • Experienced anglers and biologists will share their fishing tips and techniques.
  • Dress for the weather.
Sponsors:
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Trout Unlimited
  • U.S. Coast Gaurd
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • UW–Stevens Point Aquaculture
  • Bayfield County LWCD
  • National Park Service
  • Northland College
  • Sigurd Olson Institute
Languages Spoken: Spanish and Ojibwe, in addition to English
Contact: For more information contact Susan Nelson [exit DNR], 715-685-2644 or 715-685-9983.
Dodge County
Community: Beaver Dam, WI
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Edgewater Park on McKinley Beach Road
Target Age: Kids ages 4 to 12.
Kids' Fish'n Fun
  • Free lunch to families.
  • Free rod and reel to kids ages 4 to 12.
  • Boating safety.
  • Learn about baits and lures.
  • Learn how to clean fish.
Sponsors:
  • Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association
  • City of Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services
  • Beaver Dam Bass Anglers
Contact: For more information contact Bill Boettge [exit DNR], 920-356-1200.
Dunn County
Community: Village of Knapp
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Place: Knapp Pond in the Village of Knapp. Take I–94 to Exit 32, Hwy. Q. Take Q north and follow signs to Knapp approx. 4 miles off interstate.
Target Age: Children ages 5–13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are welcome to fish, too!
Come Learn the Basics of Fishing!
  • All welcome!
  • Fish in a stocked trout pond.
  • Equipment and bait provided.
  • Beginning fly fishing instruction available.
  • Lions Club will provide hot dogs and popcorn.
  • Youth casting contest at 11:30 a.m.
Sponsors:
  • Knapp Lions Club
  • WI Clear Water Trout Unlimited
  • Chippewa Valley Fishing Club
Contact: For more information contact Dennis Vanden Bloomen [exit DNR], 715-379-6792.
Eau Claire County
Community: Fall Creek, WI
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Place: Fall Creek Pond in Keller Park. From Hwy 12, turn north on Hwy K, over the railroad tracks, on the left side of the road.
Target Age: All ages are welcome.
Come Learn the Basics of Fishing!
  • Register the morning of the event.
  • We have a limited amount of equipment to use, or bring your own pole.
  • Bait provided.
  • Popcorn and water provided.
  • Bring a picnic basket for lunch.
  • Dress for the weather.
Sponsors: Fall Creek Area Fire District and Chicken Chasers.
Contact: For more information contact Tania Roberts [exit DNR], 715-559-4803.
Jefferson County
Community: Lake Mills, WI
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Place: Lake Mills Mill Pond — off Veterans Lane in front of the fire station.
Target Age: Kids up to age 11
Lake Mills Optimists Fisheree
  • Loaner fishing equipment if needed.
  • Prizes!
  • Lunch!
Sponsor: Lake Mills Optimists
Contact: For more information contact Russ [exit DNR], 920-723-2402.
Polk County
Community: Osceola, WI
Place: Osceola Fish Hatchery
Meet Here: Meet at the Osceola Mill Pond on 1st Avenue
Date: Saturday, June 03, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Target Age: Kids 15 and under, but all are welcome!
Kids Fishing Clinic
  • Kids can come before 8 a.m. to help stock trout.
  • Kids' fishing clinic begins at 8:30.
  • Rods and bait will be provided.
Sponsors:
  • Osceola Fish Hatchery Staff
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Contact: For more information contact the Osceola Fish Hatchery, 715-294-2525
Portage County
Community: Stevens Point, WI
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Place: Bukolt Park
Target Age: Children and their parents.
Stevens Point Cops-N-Bobbers
  • Register by May 20, with Deputy Koepsell.
  • Bait and some equipment will be available.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Prizes will be given out from 11 a.m. until noon.
  • See flyer [PDF].
Sponsors:
  • Stevens Point Elks Lodge #641
  • Portage County Sheriff&s Office
  • Stevens Point Police Department
  • Plover Police Department
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • The Cops and Kids Foundation
Contact: For more information contact Deputy Koepsell [exit DNR], 715-346-1425.
Sheboygan County
Community: Plymouth, WI
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Plymouth Mill Pond
Target Age: All ages are welcome!
Fishing Contest
  • Fishing contests for all participating anglers—adults and kids!
  • Register for the event to win prizes.
  • Bring your own poles and bait.
  • Catch and release contest at the local mill pond.
Sponsor: Plymouth Mill Pond Lake Association
Contact: For more information contact Jerry Huss [exit DNR], 920-893-5086.
Community: Sheboygan Falls, WI
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: River Park. North of CTH PP, west of Hwy. 32, west of YMCA.
Target Age: All ages are welcome, but activities are geared towards children.
Come Learn the Basics of Fishing!
  • Free event open to the public
  • Fishing poles available
  • Stocked fish and free bait
  • Fish cleaning and cooking
  • Archery and BB gun ranges
  • Canoeing on the river
Sponsors:
  • Sheboygan County Conservation Association
  • Camp Y–Koda
Contact: For more information contact Warden Tyler Flood, 920-400-9551
Taylor County
Community: Medford, WI
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: High View Inn Boat Landing—W7766 Perkinstown Avenue
Target Age: Any kids that are interested and able to hold a pole! Adults are welcome, too!
Come Learn the Basics of Fishing!
  • Mentoring young kids on fishing techniques.
  • Casting techniques.
  • Knot tying demonstrations.
  • How to choose a bait.
  • Boating Safety.
  • Fishing!!!
Sponsors:
  • Lake Escadore Lake Association
  • Taylor County Sportsmans Club
  • High View Inn
  • Wisconsin DNR
Contact: For more information contact Bonnie Bauer [exit DNR], 715-785-8002.

Dates to remember

Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June. This summer, it will be June 3 – 4, 2017.

Need fishing gear?

No fishing gear? No problem. We have fishing poles 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.

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 any time of the year!

A big thank you!

Thanks to our partners and volunteers who will hld Free Fishing Weekend events this year. We couldn't do it without you!

More fishing opportunities

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

Last revised: Monday April 24 2017