May 22, 2012
MADISON - Try fishing for the first time or rediscover the fun during Free Fishing Weekend, June 2 and 3, when anybody can fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free.
A fishing license or inland trout stamp or Great Lakes trout stamp are not needed on these days for Wisconsin residents or nonresidents; dozens of free fishing clinics are going on across the state for people to learn to fish; and loaner fishing gear is available at many sites to help anglers try their luck.
"Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends on the water," says Theresa Stabo, who directs Wisconsin's aquatic education. "Fishing's fun, it's easy, and it's cheap, and there are places to go fishing virtually right outside your back door."
Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes, 42,000 miles of flowing rivers, and is bordered by two Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.
During Free Fishing Weekend, rules governing the number and size of fish anglers can keep are still in place, as are fishing season dates Go to DNR's online fishing regulations to look up the rules for inland lakes.
The fishing clinics, some conducted by DNR staff and others by fishing clubs and civic organizations, are free and provide equipment during the instruction and fishing time.
People who don't have their own fishing gear can borrow rods and reels and other gear from nearly 50 DNR tackler loaner sites across the state.
A list of fishing clinics, tackle loaner sites, and other information to help make Free Fishing Weekend a weekend of fun with family and friends are available on DNR's Free Fishing Weekend web page.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa Stabo - 608-266-2272 or Lisa Gaumnitz - 608-264-8942