Bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 18 and 19. Residents and nonresidents are welcome.
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.
No ice fishing gear? No problem. Ice fishing tip-ups and jigging rods are available to be borrowed at many state parks and DNR offices. Ice auger are not available so those needing one can claim an abandoned hole or make friends with the anglers next to them and get them to drill a hole or borrow their auger. Visit the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/FreeFishingWeekend.html to see where Ice Fishing Tackle Loaner sites are located.
Call the DNR staffer listed for each site to find out what specific equipment is available and to arrange to pick it up and use it.
A free fishing weekend event, Ice Fishing is Fun is being offered by the Oneida County 4-H from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lake Julia Boat Landing off Boyce Drive. Certified 4-H leaders will teach youth in third grade and older how to use tip-ups and jig poles. All equipment and bait provided.
For more information on the event, call Lynn Feldman at 715-365-2750.