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Free Fishing Weekend

Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5, 2022

Wisconsin is home to 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, roughly 15,000 lakes and so much more. No matter how you'd like to explore, there's something in Wisconsin for everyone.

No Tackle? No Problem!

Wisconsin has more than 50 tackle loaner sites and many of them have ice fishing gear that you can borrow. Office hours vary by site, so contact the loaner site and plan ahead to pick up the gear. 

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Mark Your Calendar

Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June.
Upcoming dates: June 4-5, 2022 and January 21-22, 2023.

Find A Free Fishing Workshop Or Clinic Happening Near You

Free workshops and clinics are held across the state to help you learn how to fish during Free Fishing Weekend. Don't see an event happening in your area? Keep checking back as we update the list regularly.

  • Barron County
    • June 4, 2022 10 a.m. – noon
    • Veterans Park on Lakeshore Drive, Rice Lake
    • Food and drinks for $0.25 and many, many prizes
  • Bayfield County
    • June 4, 2022 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806
    • A family-friendly event with hands-on activities for people of all ages. Participants will also learn about invasive species and water safety
  • Crawford County – Tainter Creek Farmer-Led Streams & Farms Field Day
    • June 4, 2022 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Tainter Creek at 50565 County Rd. B, near Soldiers Grove, WI
    • Fly fishing and fly-tying demonstrations, fish shocking demonstration and Rayner Stream restoration project tour. Complimentary lunch provided. All ages welcome.
    • For more information, call 608-637-5480
  • Dane County – Yahara Fishing Club Kids’ Fishing Day
    • June 4, 2022 9 a.m. – noon
    • Warner Park Shelter, 2930 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704
    • First 300 kids 14 and under get a free rod and reel and small tackle box. Live bait provided and free instruction from club members. Complimentary lunch at 11 a.m.
    • For questions, contact Gerald King at 608-513-8573
  • Dodge County - Fish N Fun
    • June 4, 2022 9 a.m.
    • Edgewater Park, 200 Starkweather Drive, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
    • For children ages 4-12. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and clinics start at 9:15 a.m. Register online or call 920-356-1200 and leave a message with your child’s name(s) and age(s), the accompanying adult’s name, phone number and email
  • Fond du Lac County - Get Outdoors! Go... Learn to Fish Rodeo
    • June 4, 2022 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Mauthe Lake Recreation Area at Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit
    • Meet at the fishing pier. The rodeo includes games and activities. After completing the rodeo, experienced anglers on the fishing pier will help hone your newly acquired skills. Special surprises and prizes await all who participate. Fishing gear will be provided for those who need it or bring your own gear.
  • Fond du Lac County - Fascinating Fish Drop-In At The Beach
  • Juneau County - Learn To Fish With Friends Of Buckhorn State Park
    • June 4, 2022 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Kid's Pond at Buckhorn State Park
    • Learn to fish, play backyard bass and catch fish in the pond, with lunch provided – registration not necessary
  • La Cross County
    • June 4, 2022 9 a.m. – noon
    • Chad Erickson Veterans Memorial Park, 3601 Park Lane Dr, La Crosse, WI 54601
    • Fishing poles with reels, bait, light picnic-style sealed snacks and drinks will be provided, but participants must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone. The first 125 children registered to attend and attending (ages 2-16) will receive a fishing rod, reel
      and an outdoors goodie bag.
  • Ozaukee County - Learn To Fish
    • June 4, 2022 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Puckett's Pond at Harrington Beach State Park
    • Fishing equipment, lunch and giveaways provided – registration not necessary
  • Polk County - We Support Recovery Event
    • June 4, 2022 10 a.m.
    • Parkside Shelter at Coon Lake Park, 300-322 Lake Ave S, Frederic, WI 54837
    • A family fun event for people in recovery from addiction and their families. Enjoy free fishing followed by a fish fry at noon. Bring your own poles and bait to fish off the dock or the boardwalk
  • Portage County - Cops-N-Bobbers
  • Sheboygan County - Mill Pond Fisheree
    • June 4, 2022 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Mill Pond, Sheboygan, WI
    • Launch bobbers down the river for a race for cash. Our hopes are every child goes home with a prize, and we have nice bucket raffles for the adults. Children 12 and under are free, 13 and up are $5. Register by the observation deck on the south side of the Mill Pond.
  • Walworth County - Kids Fishing Derby
    • June 4, 2022 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Lakeside Beach on Pell Lake
    • Free food, drinks, prizes and trophies
  • Walworth County - Lake Geneva Fishing Club's 31st Annual Event
    • June 4, 2022 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • The lagoon at Big Foot Beach State Park
    • Lunch, snacks and beverages for kids up to age 15. Plenty of prizes for all kids while quantities last. Bring your own fishing tackle but the club will provide loaner fishing equipment and bait while supplies last. Club members will be available to teach fishing preparation and successful techniques and assist with fishing and landing fish. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult at least 21 years old to participate.