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Free Fishing Weekend

Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 21-22, 2023

On Free Fishing Weekend, you can drill a hole and drop a line without a fishing license, trout stamp or salmon stamp. What a great opportunity for family and friends to give it a try! 

Plan a Clinic

Angler Education instructors, state park staff and organizations are invited to host fishing clinics around the state. Register your event with us by Jan. 17, 2023 using this form, and we'll help you get the word out. Please include safety protocols related to COVID-19 in your plans. We want you, your volunteers and participants all to be safe in every respect. Thank you!

Need materials like fishing regulations and fish wildcards? Submit a request.

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. 

Tried Fishing and Loved It? Get Your License Now.

New to fishing or haven’t bought a fishing license in 10 years? Want to make it a healthy habit? Try our First-time buyer - Welcome back resident license for only $5. Buy yours today. Wisconsin is home to 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, roughly 15,000 lakes and so much more. No matter how you like to explore, there's something in Wisconsin for everyone.

Mark Your Calendar

Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June. Watch for clinic announcements in the months ahead. 

Upcoming dates: Jan. 21-22, 2023 and June 2-3, 2023.