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To learn more about the Fishing for dinner initiative and get involved, contact:
Theresa Stabo
R3 Coordinator

Fishing Wisconsin Fishing for dinner initiative

Fishing for Dinner

In light of COVID 19 and the Safer at Home order, all DNR-sponsored in-person Fishing for Dinner classes, fishing clinics, recreational safety classes and R3-events are canceled for the duration of the public health emergency. This is a fluid situation that we are monitoring closely. We look forward to the time when it will be safe to reopen our in-person classes and R3-related events. We appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

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.

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.

Douglas County
Community Superior
Classroom Site Lake Superior Reserve - Estuarium
Start Date June 10, 2020

Start date tentative, pending COVID-19 status in Wisconsin.

Session 1 -
Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Session 2 -
Thursday, June 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Session 3 -
Fishing outing
Friday, June 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Session 4 -
Fishing outing and cooking the catch
Saturday June 13, 2020, 8 a.m. - Noon
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 Superior class: June 1, 2020
Deposit: $15.00, refundable upon arrival at first class.
The deposit becomes a donation to the program if you fail to attend without canceling.
Details Check out the flyer [PDF] and share!
Questions? For more information contact Theresa Stabo, (608) 577-6332.
Vilas County
Community: Boulder Junction
Place: Boulder Junction Community Center
5392 Park Street
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020

Date tentative, pending COVID-19 status in Wisconsin.

Part 1 - Time &
Target audience:
8 a.m. – Noon
Adults. Older children accompanied by adult are also welcome; not suitable for younger children.
Part 2 - Time &
Target audience:
1 p.m. – Undetermined
Adults. Older children who are capable of wielding their own musky rod and are accompanied by parent or guardian.
Description: Learn to Fish for Musky

Part 1 will be indoors and feature presentations by biologists and other experts sharing their knowledge of Wisconsin's state fish.

  • Limit 100, walk-ins welcome, but registration encouraged.
  • Management
  • Propagation (hatchery rearing)
  • Biology
  • How to find them
  • Tackle basics
  • Question and answer time

Part 2 will feature fishing from boats.

  • Limit 10 to 15 participants depending on boat availability.
  • Registration required.
  • Participants must attend Part 1 to be eligible to attend Part 2.
  • Fishing license is required by anglers ages 16 and older.
  • This outing will be catch and release, only. So, not a Fishing for Dinner class in the truest sense,
    but you'll certainly learn things to apply to helping you land a meal another day.
Note: This free, day-long clinic kicks off the Musky Jamboree[exit DNR].
  • Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce
  • Department of Natural Resources
Registration Contacts: DNR Conservation Wardens Kelly Crotty, 715-528-4400 Ext. 4. and Brad Dahlquist, 715-478-5610.

R3 opportunities - Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation

A bounty of other opportunities to learn outdoor skills awaits you, year 'round with the R3 program.

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
Dates and Times Friday & Saturday, September 11 & 12, 2020
We hope to start Friday at 5 p.m. and wrap up by 5 p.m. Saturday.

Start date tentative, pending COVID-19 status in Wisconsin.

County Portage
Community Amherst Junction
Place Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES)
Address:10186 County Rd MM, Amherst Junction, WI 54407
Description: Combo Platter

Join UW-Stevens Point students at this combination Fishing for Dinner class and Angler R3 instructor training workshop.
Prepare yourself of a couple of long, rewarding days.

  • Class agenda will be posted later in summer
  • Fishing licenses are required.
Registration Deadline Download the registration form [PDF], complete and send to Andrew Krismer by August 28, 2020.
Audience Adults who want to teach others how to fish.
Class Size This class is limited to 25 people, most of whom are students. Five seats will be reserved for non-students.
Cost $10 for students.
$20 for non-students.
Host: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station
Many thanks!
Contact: Theresa Stabo, (608) 577-6332 or
Andrew Krismer, (608) 333-2057.
Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020