Dress warm and hit the ice for Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding their annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22. A fishing license or trout and salmon stamps will not be required.
The goal of this free weekend is to bring the world of winter fishing to people that have not yet tried the sport.
“Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to give angling a try, without the added step and expense of getting a fishing license,” Theresa Stabo, DNR Angler Outreach Program Specialist said in a press release. “Fishing is about so much more than the catch. Get out there and enjoy nature, spend time with friends and family, and if you’re lucky, bring home some fish for your next at-home fish fry.”
According to the DNR, anglers can fish state waters where there is an open season, both on the ice or from shore. All other fishing regulations apply. This includes limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. The DNR says to stay away from spring trout ponds during the Winter Free Fishing Weekend, and review the trout regulations and 2022-2023 Hook and Line regulations for more information.
If you plan to keep your catch, be sure to review the DNR’s Safe Eating Guidelines to stay informed of potential consumption advisories impacting some waterbodies throughout the state.
“Get out there and enjoy nature, spend time with friends and family, and if you’re lucky, bring home some fish for your next at-home fish fry,” Stabo added.
You can find more Fishing Weekend events on the DNR events webpage. The next Free Fishing Weekend will take place June 3-4, 2023.
Don’t forget to check with local bait shots or resorts for current ice conditions. No ice is 100% safe. The WDIO Storm Track Weather Department has additional winter safety tips in the Winter Weather Safety Guide.