Department of Natural Resources officials are encouraging everyone to get out and ice fish this weekend.
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.
If you don’t have any ice fishing gear, that’s not a problem. There are plenty of ice fishing tip-ups and jigging rods you can borrow at many state parks and DNR offices. Though, you will need to either use your own ice auger, claim an abandoned hole, or find a friend to help drill a hole or let you borrow their auger.
The DNR encourages outdoor enthusiasts to bundle up and get out there for Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend, January 18 – 19, 2014. Residents and nonresidents are welcome.