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Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend - June 1–2, 2019

A big thank you!

Thanks to our volunteers, partners, sponsors and DNR colleagues for making Free Fishing Weekend a fun outing for newcomers to fishing! Winter was late in firmly establishing itself in some parts of the state, so we are grateful for everyone's collective efforts in these uncertain times.

Did you miss Free Fishing Weekend this January?

Don't wait for June to roll around before hitting the water. Ice or no ice, 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 2019, we'll have June 1 & 2, so it will seem to come early this year. Watch for planning forms about three months before the big date. Give us the details and we'll post your event on this site.

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: Tuesday January 22 2019