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Free Fishing Weekend

January 19, 2019 - January 20, 2019


Fish almost anywhere!

Fish almost anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. Most waters of the state are included, except for spring trout ponds (Review the trout regulations; wherever you see a season date listed for a specific body of water, you’d be fine, although some waters may be catch and release only.) All other inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River are open for you to test your skills and try your luck. Remember, all usual regulations and seasonal restrictions are in force. Please exercise caution before heading out on the ice. Be aware of the “honeycomb effect,” which occurs after freeze-thaw-freeze conditions, that weakens ice. Stay safely on shore and cast into open water if ice conditions are questionable.

Waukesha County

Community: Dousman, WI
Place: Ottawa Lake State Forest Campground
S59 W36630 County Road ZZ
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Description: Learn ice fishing techniques including:

  • Jigging for panfish
  • Tip-up fishing
  • Ice Safety
  • Live bait presentations
  • Fish identification
Target Audience: All ages welcome
  • WDNR Fisheries Management
  • WDNR Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit
Contact: For more information contact Benjamin Heussner, 414-303-0109
Community: Watertown, WI
Place: Lower Genesse Lake – Boat launch and parking area
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Description: Introduction to ice fishing for novices, experienced kids and families.
Target Audience: All Ages Welcome!
  • American Legion Post 189
  • Frabil
  • Watertown Elk’s Lodge
  • Glenn’s Market and Catering
  • Dick Smith’s Bait Shop
Contact: For more information contact Anthony Dittmann, 920-253-7511.


January 19, 2019
January 20, 2019

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