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Free Fishing Weekend

Life’s a fishing picnic! Especially on Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend, June 6 – 7, 2015. Residents and nonresidents are welcome!

Fish anywhere!

Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun!

Need fishing gear?

No fishing gear? No problem. We have fishing pole that you can borrow at many state parks and DNR offices. Contact aTackle 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. New for this year: State Parks and Recreation Areas are waiving entrance stickers for the whole weekend, so pick your day.

Host a Free Fishing Weekend event!

If you would like us to post your event on our Web site, just fill out and return this Free Fishing Weekend Planning Form [PDF] by June 1, 2015 and you’ll be good to go! Details are on the form. Remember to plan for adults who may have missed the fishing boat as kids! We’ll post your events as we learn of them. Of course, you can just take your friends fishing without telling us, but we love to hear your stories about how you coaxed your pals out for a free weekend of fishing.

Order free educational materials

Download order forms for educational materials about fishing [PDF] and aquatic invasive species[PDF]. Here are the order forms as Word Documents, if you prefer: fishing and aquatic invasive species.

Attend a Free Fishing Weekend event!

Dozens of free fishing clinics are offered on Free Fishing Weekend by many fishing clubs, local parks departments, community centers and civic organizations. Learn the basics and fish using equipment provided at most of these events. We’ll post Free Fishing Weekend clinics here as we learn about them. Please check back often for updates.

Dozens of free fishing clinics are offered on Free Fishing Weekend by many fishing clubs, local parks departments, community centers and civic organizations. Learn the basics and fish using equipment provided at most of these events. We’ll post Free Fishing Weekend clinics here as we learn about them. Please check back often for updates. Here’s what’s cookin’ now:

Most planned events are scheduled for Saturday; Sunday events are highlighted in red.

Find information on purchasing a fishing license [exit DNR] here and you’ll be ready to fish for the rest of the year!

Pssst! We also have Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Next year it will be on January 17-18, 2015.

Oneida County

Location: Rhinelander
Event: Learn to Fish
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Place: Hodag Park
Description: Our partners will have 17 learning stations set up to teach youth and fammilies about fishing and the aquatic environment, including:

  • Fishing with live and artificial bait
  • Casting
  • Water safety
  • Aquatic invasives
  • Knot tying
  • Bait and limited amounts of loaner gear provided
  • All free!
Target Audience: Grade school-age youth and their families.
Sponsors:
  • UW Extension
  • Oneida County 4-H
  • WI DNR
  • United Steelworkers
  • Laser Pros International
Contact: Anne Williams, 715-365-2750