Have you ever wanted to try your hand at ice fishing? Or maybe teach your kids to ice fish? This weekend is the perfect time to try the winter sport without getting a fishing license during the Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 20 – 21.
As part of the statewide Free Fishing Weekend event, the City of Madison Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hosting a Learn to Ice Fish clinic on Sunday, Jan. 21 at Wingra Park and Boat Livery.
This is an immersive experience where participants will gain insights into effective ice fishing techniques and learn the proper and safe methods of engaging in this winter activity.
The event is open to adults and children aged seven and up. There will be two classes, one from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and another from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fishing supplies are provided.
You can register for the Learn to Ice Fish clinic online or by calling (608) 266-4711.
Anyone can take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend if you are willing to brave the cold weather. If you don’t have the necessary equipment, there are two locations in Dane County that have loaner equipment available:
- DNR – Fitchburg Service Center
Kim Chroninger, Kimberly.Chroninger@wisconsin.gov
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd, Fitchburg
- Warner Park Community Recreation Center
Carie Abarca, email@example.com
1625 Northport Drive, Madison
Although you can fish this weekend without a license, you must still follow state fishing regulations regarding seasons, bag, and length limits.
Another Free Fishing Weekend is planned for June 1 – 2, 2024.