Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin

This coming weekend is Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Residents and non-residents can fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp! At this point, our ice appears to be thick enough to get out and fish on the ice, but you can fish from shore as well. All the other rules still apply, like limits on the number and the size of fish you can keep. What a savings!

To go along with the Free Fishing Weekend, the Fish Hatchery in Spooner is offering a free Ice Fishing Clinic for kids. It’s on Saturday from 9:00am-noon at the Visitor Center of the Governor Thompson State Fish Hatchery in Spooner. It’s for kids 5-15 years old who come with an adult and they’ll be showing the kids basic ice fishing skills, gear needed, fish identification and how to fillet the fish you catch. The class size is limited, so call 715-645-2526 right away to sign up or go to for more information. Keep your tip up and your bait in the water! – Wanda Boldon