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Give yourself the license to relax and catch some memories while you're at it.
Know the regulations to make your fishing more enjoyable.
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Wisconsin offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Give them a try!
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Get the basic information you need to get on the water and try your luck.

Call up a friend and plan a Free Fishing Weekend adventure!

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For more information, please contact:
Theresa Stabo
R3 Coordinator
Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation

Fishing Wisconsin - Angler & aquatic education Free Fishing Weekend - June 6–7, 2020

Lake Wingra

Peace and quiet on Free Fishing Weekend,
alone or with a family member.

Free Fishing Weekend

All the waters of the state will be open to free fishing; however, all usual regulations will be in force.

Dates to remember

Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June. For 2021, mark January 16 & 17 and June 5 & 6 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.

Get loaner fishing gear when our offices re-open

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 check one out. 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!

Last revised: Thursday April 02 2020