The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is hosting Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 21-22 to share the fun and excitement of winter fishing. No fishing license or trout and salmon stamps are required, and anglers may fish state waters where there is an open season. All other fishing regulations apply. And as a reminder, anglers may not fish spring trout ponds during the Winter Free Fishing Weekend.
Those who plan to keep their catch should review the WDNR’s Safe Eating Guidelines to stay informed about possible consumption advisories. Those in need of equipment may visit the WDNR’s Fishing Equipment for Loan webpage, dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing/anglereducation/loanerContacts.html, to find a convenient tackle-loaner site with ice fishing equipment. Basic gear is available, but sites do not lend out ice augers. Hours and available equipment vary, so plan ahead by contacting the site in advance.