For the first time, Wisconsin is offering a free ice-fishing weekend.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the free fishing weekend will take place January 19th and 20th; neither residents nor non-residents will need licenses and trout stamps to take fish from Wisconsin’s inland waters during that time.
For years, the state has offered a free fishing weekend in June. Last year, the governor and legislature passed a bill to create the free ice-fishing weekend. It’s part of a larger effort to get more Wisconsinites to take part in outdoor recreation.