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To learn more about the Fishing for dinner initiative and get involved, contact:
Theresa Stabo
R3 Coordinator
Recruitment·Retention·Reactivation
608-577-6332

Fishing Wisconsin Fishing for dinner initiative

Fishing for Dinner

Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to land one on your dining table for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home.


Cooking Fish

Northern pike done to perfection by Chef Patrick McKormick.




Angler R3

The Fishing for Dinner Initiative is an angler recruitment, retention and reactivation program - R3; its primary goal is to lure a new anglers to the water's edge and encourage them to join us as stewards of Wisconsin's bountiful fisheries. The focus is on young adults who have an interest in local, sustainably raised food – we hope they will consider the fish they catch as part of a healthy diet.

Angler R3 grants available

The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (Angler R3) grant program provides financial assistance to organizations that conduct Angler R3 programs and activities in Wisconsin. Funding is provided through the Dingell-Johnson Sportfish Restoration Act, a federal aid program. A second application deadline has been established. It is Friday, January 3, 2020. Review the guidance and start your application for an Angler R3 grant now.

Attend a class

Community education-style classes are scheduled in areas where people have expressed an interest and where we have partners and instructors in place to host and help lead the sessions. The multi-session classes provide opportunities for adults to learn what they've been missing - knot-tying, casting, fish identification and preparing the catch for the table. Watch this site for updates on class offerings, dates and locations.

Community Madison Area
Start Date Monday, January 27, 2020
Session 1 -
Fish and habitat
Monday, January 27, 2020, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., DNR Regional Headquarters in Fitchburg, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd
Session 2 -
Know your gear
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., DNR Regional Headquarters in Fitchburg, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd
Session 3 -
Ice fishing outing
Saturday, February 1, 2020, start time 9, until they stop biting, We'll be based at the Brittingham Boat House on Lake Monona.
Session 4 -
Cook the catch
Monday, February 3, 2020, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. West High School Culinary Arts Room
Session 5 -
Ice fishing outing
Saturday, February 8, 2020, start time 9, Brittingham Boat House on Lake Monona.
Registration Hold your spot with this registration form [PDF] and a check for $15. (We're kind of old fashioned with our registration.)
Registration deadline for Madison class: January 21, 2020
Deposit: $15.00, refundable upon arrival at first class
Details Check out the flyer [PDF] and share with reckless abandon!
Questions? For more information contact Theresa Stabo, (608) 577-6332 or
Andrew Krismer, (608) 333-2057.
Community Onalaska - La Crosse Area
Classroom Site U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Midwest Service Center
555 Lester Ave, Onalaska
Start Date Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Session 1 -
Fish and habitat
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Session 2 -
Know your gear
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Session 3 -
Ice fishing outing
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9 a.m. to Noon, or longer if they're biting - location to be announced
Session 4 -
Cook the catch
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Session 5 -
Ice fishing outing
Saturday, February 29, 2020, details determined by group consensus.
Registration Hold your spot with this registration form [PDF] and a check for $15. (We're kind of old fashioned with our registration.)
Registration deadline for Onalaska class: February 10, 2020
Deposit: $15.00, refundable upon arrival at first class
Partners U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Details Check out the flyer [PDF] and share with reckless abandon!
Questions? For more information contact Theresa Stabo, (608) 577-6332 or
Andrew Krismer, (608) 333-2057.

Attend an Angler R3 instructor training workshop

Seasoned anglers are invited attend training workshops so that they can lead these classes, or mentor adults who may have missed the fishing boat as kids, so lack fishing skills. Instructors and mentors will be asked to complete a background check by completing DNR Form 4100-217 [PDF].

About these workshops:

Angler R3 includes the Fishing for Dinner and Angler Education programs. These workshops will certify you to lead Fishing for Dinner classes for adults and families at community centers and Angler Education programs suitable for the classroom and youth organizations. Pick and choose from among the options to suit your audience.

At these workshops, we'll share tips and best practices on teaching people to fish and prepare the catch for the table. Brush up on your own basic fishing skills during hands-on activities and take home guides to implement these programs in your community. Bring your own teaching tips to share!

Participants will Receive:

  • Fishing for Dinner and Angler Education Instructor Certification
  • Fishing for Dinner Training Manual
  • Junior Angler and Hook, Line, & Thinker program materials that can be adapted to classrooms and recreation programs.
  • Access to a boatload of resources and loaner gear
  • Instruction includes how to teach fish identification, knot tying, casting and more.
  • Lunch or dinner!
Angler R3 Instructor Training & Certification Workshop Schedule
Date and Time Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
County Dane
Community Madison
Place Lussier Family Heritage Center
LePine Room - Lower Level
Address: 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI 53711
Registration Deadline Download the registration form, [PDF], complete and send to Andrew Krismer by January 6, 2020 - earlier is even better!
(see form for details).
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Audience Adults who want to teach others how to fish.
Class Size This class is limited to 20 people. Reserve your seat and register now!
Host: The Lussier Family Heritage Center
Many thanks!
Contact: Theresa Stabo, (608) 577-6332 or
Andrew Krismer, (608) 333-2057.
Date and Time Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
County Washburn
Community Spooner
Place DNR Service Center
Address:810 W. Maple Street, Spooner, WI 54801
Registration Deadline Download the registration form, [PDF], complete and send to Andrew Krismer by March 12, 2020 (see form for details).
Audience Adults who want to teach others how to fish.
Class Size This class is limited to 20 people. Reserve your seat and register now!
Host: DNR Staff
Many thanks!
Contact: Theresa Stabo, (608) 577-6332 or
Andrew Krismer, (608) 333-2057.
Last revised: Tuesday December 03 2019