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License-Free Fishing This Weekend

In a press release today, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) announced a “free fishing weekend” this Saturday and Sunday. Anyone can fish anywhere–except for spring trout ponds–without a license.  There’s even loaner equipment for those who don’t have any, but want to get involved.

DNR R31Recruitment, Retention, & Reactivation Coordinator Theresa Stabo encourages residents and visitors to get out and enjoy the sport–but be aware of ice conditions.

Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the winter and fish anywhere without a boat.  We want to encourage everyone to have fun this weekend while also using common sense before heading out on the ice.

Warmer-than-normal temperatures and other factors have resulted in ice that is thinner than normal in many areas.  For a basic guide on what’s safe, see the graphic from the Minnesota DNR below.

While there is no license required, all other regulations still apply. This includes limits on size and catch, as well as “must-release” seasons.

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