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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.

Attend a class

Watch this page for a listing of classes where adults will learn what they've been missing - knot-tying, casting, fish identification and preparing your catch for the table.

Dane County
Community: Madison
Place: Vera Court Neighborhood Center
614 Vera Court
Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, July 17-18, 2018
Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2018
Fishing Friday evenings: Mendota, July 20 and Monona, July 27
Times: See flyer for specifics. [PDF].
Target age: Adults
Description: Fishing Madison Lakes:

Join us for a community education class at the Vera Court Neighborhood Center in Madison.
We’ll start at the center to learn more about the waters in this area, the species that live in them and how to legally access them.

After some instruction on fishing basics, we'll head for the lakes on Friday nights! Finally, you’ll learn how to cook the catch at our potluck meal on Sunday.

Our Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) Interns from the Department of Natural Resources and volunteers will lead this adventure.

Some Particulars:
  • The course is free! Can you believe it? We do ask that should your plans change after you sign up,
    you please let the us know so that we can offer your spot to someone on the waiting list, and we can plan accordingly.
  • Participants will need to have a DNR Customer ID Number. For information on obtaining a number, click here.
    Bring this number with you to the class if it was not part of your registration process with Vera Court.
Registration Deadline: July 12, 2018
Registration Contact & Form: David Presser, Community Program Coordinator, 608-246-8372.

Registration Form [PDF]
Class Info Contact: Theresa Stabo, Angler R3 Coordinator, 608-577-6332 or
Sponsors:
  • Vera Court Neighborhood Center
  • Madison School & Community Recreation
  • Department of Natural Resources

We schedule classes in areas where people have expressed an interest and where we have partners in place to host and help lead the sessions. Watch this site for updates on class offerings, dates and locations.

Eat local – fish

The Farm to Fork concept is growing in popularity and suggests a parallel Pond to Plate companion, whether that "pond" is a stream or a lake – Great, large or small. As far as "food miles" are concerned, most Wisconsinites live within 50 miles of fishable waters that offer many places to catch a healthy and delicious dinner, with a low food-miles score. Sustainability is an important component, so filling the freezer does not fit the model, but savoring that occasional treat from familiar waters does.

Chefs, local foods advocates and community groups have joined us in this project to offer classes. Cleaning and cooking instructions will be part of the mix and we will include information on how to minimize consumption of fish contaminants such as mercury and PCBs.

Sound good to you? Then keep your eyes open and sign up for GovDelivery notifications so you'll be among the first to know when class registration materials are ready!

Angler recruitment and retention

The Fishing for Dinner Initiative is an angler recruitment and retention program; 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.

Mentor an adult beginner

We are also inviting seasoned anglers to mentor young adults (or adults of any age) who may have missed the fishing boat as kids, so lack fishing skills. Mentors will be asked to complete a background check by completing DNR Form 4100-217 [PDF]. Planning is underway for mentor training workshops, so watch this site for workshop notices.

Last revised: Tuesday July 10 2018