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Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to land one on your dining table for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home.


Angler R3

The Fishing for Dinner Initiative is an angler recruitment, retention and reactivation program - R3; its primary goal is to lure new anglers to the water's edge and encourage them to join us as stewards of Wisconsin's bountiful fisheries. The focus is on young adults who have an interest in local, sustainably raised food. we hope they will consider the fish they catch as part of a healthy diet.

Attend a class

Community education-style classes are scheduled in areas where people have expressed an interest and where we have partners and instructors in place to host and help lead the sessions. The multi-session classes provide opportunities for adults to learn what they've been missing - knot-tying, casting, fish identification and preparing the catch for the table. Watch this site for updates on class offerings, dates and locations.

Vilas County
Community: Boulder Junction
Place: Boulder Junction Community Center
5392 Park Street
Canceled! The 2020 Musky Clinic and Musky Jamboree [exit DNR] have been canceled.

Canceled for 2020 but we'll be back!
Mark your calendar for August 6, 2021.

What to look forward to:

Learn to fish for Wisconsin's state fish - the musky.

  • Management
  • Propagation (hatchery rearing)
  • Biology
  • How to find them
  • Tackle basics
  • An afternoon on the water fishing for the fish of 10,000 casts
  • Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce
  • Department of Natural Resources
Registration Contacts for 2021: DNR Conservation Wardens Kelly Crotty, 715-528-4400 Ext. 4. and
Brad Dahlquist, 715-478-5610.
Until we meet again...

Stay well!

Attend an Angler R3 instructor training workshop

Seasoned anglers are invited to attend training workshops so that they can lead these classes, or mentor adults who may have missed the fishing boat as kids, so lack fishing skills. Instructors and mentors will be asked to complete a background check by completing DNR Form 4100-217 [PDF].

About these workshops:

Angler R3 includes the Fishing for Dinner and Angler Education programs. These workshops will certify you to lead Fishing for Dinner classes for adults and families at community centers and Angler Education programs suitable for the classroom and youth organizations. Pick and choose from among the options to suit your audience.

At these workshops, we'll share tips and best practices on teaching people to fish and prepare the catch for the table. Brush up on your own basic fishing skills during hands-on activities and take-home guides to implement these programs in your community. Bring your own teaching tips to share!

Participants will Receive:

  • Fishing for Dinner and Angler Education Instructor Certification
  • Fishing for Dinner Training Manual
  • Junior Angler and Hook, Line, & Thinker program materials that can be adapted to classrooms and recreation programs.
  • Access to a boatload of resources and loaner gear
  • Instruction includes how to teach fish identification, knot tying, casting and more.
  • Lunch or dinner!
Angler R3 Instructor Training & Certification Workshop Schedule

Portage County

Dates and Times Friday & Saturday, September 11 & 12, 2020
We hope to start Friday at 5 p.m. and wrap up by 5 p.m. Saturday.

Start date tentative, pending COVID-19 status in Wisconsin.

County Portage
Community Amherst Junction
Place Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES)
Address:10186 County Rd MM, Amherst Junction, WI 54407
Description: Combo Platter

Join UW-Stevens Point students at this combination Fishing for Dinner class and Angler R3 instructor training workshop.
Prepare yourself of a couple of long, rewarding days.

  • Class agenda will be posted later in summer
  • Fishing licenses are required.
Registration Deadline Download the registration form [PDF], complete and send to Andrew Krismer by August 28, 2020.
Audience Adults who want to teach others how to fish.
Class Size This class is limited to 25 people, most of whom are students. Five seats will be reserved for non-students.
Cost $10 for students.
$20 for non-students.
Host: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station
Many thanks!
Contact: Theresa Stabo, (608) 577-6332 or
Andrew Krismer, (608) 333-2057.