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Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend - January 18–19, 2020

Sweet Family

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

A big thank you!

Thanks to everyone who helped host a fishing clinic on Free Fishing Weekend. We're grateful to all the volunteers, partners, sponsors and DNR colleagues who helped scores of beginners make their first cast or catch their first fish! We also appreciate people who simply took a friend or neighbor out to wet a line. Fishing helps build community!

Did you miss Free Fishing Weekend?

Don't fret - there is still plenty of good fishing to be had. If you're new to the sport, you get off cheap with the "First-timer" resident license for only $5.00. You can't see a first-run movie for that price!

Dates to remember

Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June. For 2020, mark January 18 & 19 and June 6 & 7 on your calendars and make plans to introduce your friends to fishing. Watch for planning forms about three months before the big date. If your outing is open to the public, give us the details and we'll post it on this site to help you get a good turn-out.

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!

More fishing opportunities

Other DNR-sponsored clinics are listed here and the Department of Tourism lists events at The Great Outdoors - Fishing,[exit DNR].

Last revised: Thursday June 13 2019