Free Fishing Weekend

by Free Speech on June 1, 2011

Lodi, WI~

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Kid’s Fishing Events on Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend

This coming weekend is a special one in Wisconsin for young anglers and those children who may want to be a fisherman. On June 4 and 5, anyone can fish in any of Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers, and streams without having to purchase a valid state fishing license. Residents and non-residents of any age can fish without a license and any of the normally required trout stamps. All of the state waters are open to fishing including the Great Lakes and all rivers bordering Wisconsin. But, remember that all fishing rules and regulations still apply and children under 15 years are not required to purchase a license. But, a $20.00 investment in a fishing license is a tremendous value for the amount of fun and enjoyment that one can get from fishing. To encourage Wisconsin fishing, the state also sells one day fishing licenses, loans fishing equipment, and will even help you plan your own fishing event. Here is the link to the Department of Natural Resources website where this information is posted,
Many outdoor activities are losing participation numbers with the “graying” of America and the loss of many of the baby-boomer generation. More and more adults are stopping many activities do to age, injuries or illness, lost of partners, and spending more and more time indoors. Fishing has lost some of its participation numbers, but not as much as hunting. The number of licensed anglers in Wisconsin fell 5% from 1.47 million anglers in 1996 to 1.39 million in 2006 when the last demographics were done. This does not include children less than 15 years old because they are not required to have a license.
Many fishing clubs and organizations throughout Wisconsin have outdoor fishing events planned for this coming weekend. This is a time when adults can get themselves and their children outdoors trying a new activity (fishing) without having to spend any money except for the gas to the event location. Many of the groups and fishing clubs that are hosting these events are giving away free rods and reels and other fishing related door prizes to the young attendees. Some of the state parks have equipment and gear that can be borrowed or loaned giving you the chance to try before you buy! All of these events have club members and experienced anglers who have donated their time to help and give instruction to beginning anglers.
Locally, there are two children fishing events that I’d like to highlight and hope that you might attend. One’s parents or guardians fishing experience is not important, but your child or children may have the interest in learning this life-long sporting activity and this is a excellent opportunity for them and you to learn some fishing basics. This is a wonderful and low key way to learn a new outdoor activity that can involve the whole family!
Here are some free fishing events in southern Wisconsin;
• In Madison, the Yahara Fishing Club with help from the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) members Jim Kloth, Greg Karch, and Gary Engberg, is having their Kid’s Fishing Day, Saturday, June 4th, at Madison’s Warner Park from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Yahara Fishing Club will have many of its members there to help the children and adults by giving instruction in the basics of fishing. The Yahara Fishing Club is a great group of fishing minded people that do nothing but good things for the community and our young. Think about joining this group and take a look at their website at . The Warner Park Lagoon has a good population of fish stocked by the DNR. Warden Greg
Stacey will be on hand to help and show people an exhibit of invasive species that now inhabit our waters.
The first 350 children (age 14 and under) will receive a free rod and reel and for those who have their own rod and reel will get a tackle box loaded with fishing “goodies.” There will be free bait donated by Madison’s D & S Bait and Gene Dellinger. Walmart is also a major contributor donating many of the door prizes and providing lunch for everyone. Lunch will be served starting at 11:00 am by club members.
NPAA member Greg Karch will give a “little” seminar on Water Safety from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm after the fishing and lunch. After Greg’s talk, the door prizes will be drawn for another chance to win some fishing gear and equipment donated by Walmart and the many other sponsors. The free rods and reels were purchased by the Yahara Fishing Club.
• The “2nd Annual Lake Delton Youth Fishing Jamboree” will take place this coming Saturday, June 4th, at Kaminski Park on Lake Delton. The event starts at 9:00 am and lasts to 1:00 pm. The “Youth Jamboree” will highlight and celebrate the restoration of Lake Delton, the Wisconsin Dells area, and the restored fishery on this lake. The “Jamboree” and much of the restoration was done by the projects founders, Ben Hobbins and Dan Small.
The fishing will take place on the shore of Lake Delton and on boats drawn by a lottery. The children will use a unique format developed by Hobbins where the children catch fish, record the species and length, release the fish, and present the results to DNR officials that will be present. The children will be “Youth Fisheries Biologists’ for the day! There also will be a shore lunch for registered youths and any adults or parents coming should bring their own food. Children should also bring their own rods and reels because there will only be a limited number available at the lake to use.
All children will receive a gift bag and there will be drawings for prizes donated by the numerous sponsors like Gander Mountain, Brunswick, Lake Link, River’s Edge Bait and Tackle, Schleef’s Bait and Tackle, Chula Vista, Wilderness Fish and Game in Sauk City, Sandy Beach Resort, and Frabill to name just a few of the many sponsors. Children may register at any Gander Mountain store, River’s Edge Bait and Tackle, and Schleefs Bait and Tackle. Go to or for more information and registration sites for the “Jamboree.”
There are numerous other fishing events scheduled for the coming “Free Fishing Weekend “around the state. Janesville has an event at Traxler Park sponsored by the Blackhawk Muskie Club. There outing is Saturday, June 4th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The kids will fish the Traxler Park Lagoon and there will be a casting contest, a big fish award, and prizes for all. For more information on the Janesville event call (608)-755-3030.
In the Milwaukee area, there is a fishing clinic for people of any age at Washington Park from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Basic fishing skills and water safety will be taught and rods and reels will be available to use. Lunch will be served from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. This free event is sponsored by E.B. Garner and they may be called at (414)-342-3929.
There are many more fishing events for this coming weekend all around the state. Be sure to check the DNR website for more locations and information on Wisconsin’s Free Fishing weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to be introduced to fishing and also a chance to introduce whole families to the sport of fishing. Take advantage of this informative and outdoor activity this coming Saturday for the entire family. Have fun and be safe!

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