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Contact(s): Laura Schmidt, DNR fisheries biologist, 414-416-0591
April 9, 2019

MILWAUKEE - Kids 15 years old and younger can discover the fun of fishing at the 35th annual Kids' Fishing Clinics on Saturday, April 13, at 14 park ponds and lagoons in Milwaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.

The free clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants receive instruction on the proper use of equipment and techniques, knot tying, safety and much more. The clinics last about 45 minutes and begin every hour on the hour starting at 9 a.m., with the last one starting at 2 p.m. Kids will be able to fish after receiving the classroom instruction.

"These free clinics are a great way to get kids involved in fishing and let them know about the urban fishing ponds near them," says Laura Schmidt, the Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist involved in the clinics. "Local fishing clubs and other partners make these clinics work and we're grateful they are again volunteering their time to introduce a new generation to the fun of fishing."

The clinics represent a cooperative effort by the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, Milwaukee, Washington and Waukesha county park departments, the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery, and DNR.

No pre-registration is necessary for the clinics. Equipment and snacks will be provided and it's all free! Just dress warm!

The urban fishing ponds and lagoons where the clinics will be held will be stocked with fish before the event; such waters have year-round seasons and no length limits to make fishing more easily accessible in urban areas.

The locations for the clinics and the sponsoring fishing clubs are:

Milwaukee County

* These locations will have fish cleaning and cooking demonstrations.

Washington County Parks

Waukesha County Parks

No park entrance fee will be charged. Parking passes will be distributed at the event.

For more information about the clinics go to and search for "fishing clinics" or call the DNR Urban Fishing Hotline at 414-263-8494 or Laura Schmidt at 414-416-0591.

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 09, 2019

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