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January 13, 2015

MADISON, Wis. - An online ice fishing chat set for noon Thursday, Jan. 15, will offer experts and novices alike tips and techniques for enjoying the hardwater fishing season.

In addition to discussing ice fishing action throughout the state with Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists, Theresa Stabo, angler education director, will highlight upcoming Winter Free Fishing Weekend activities on January 17 and 18. With events scheduled around the state, DNR is encouraging participation through its tackle loan program.

Ice fishing gear is available at 19 loaner sites, eight of which are at state parks with fishing access. Call ahead to verify equipment is available, with numbers listed on the website by searching "fishing equipment for loan."

While you can fish without a license or Great Lakes salmon stamp on all Wisconsin waters during the Free Fishing Weekend event, state park entrance stickers are required and other fishing rules still apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish anglers can keep.

To join the ice fishing chat, which runs until 1 p.m., visit and look for the box on the right to enter the chat, or search the phrase "ask the experts." Or, enter via DNR's Facebook page by clicking the "Cover it Live Chat" box at the top. The online chats are archived and available for viewing after they are held.

To learn more about the on DNR's Free Fishing Weekend web page. Go to and search "Free Fishing Weekend."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa Stabo, DNR angler education director, 608-266-2272,

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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