Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend is Jan. 18-19

Bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 18 – 19. Residents and nonresidents are welcome to 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.

No ice fishing gear? No problem. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has ice fishing tip-ups and jigging rods available at many state parks and DNR offices. Anglers will need to either use their own ice auger, claim an abandoned hole, or better yet, make friends with the anglers next to you and get them to drill you a hole or let you borrow their auger.

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