Host A Free Fishing Weekend Event, DNR Can Help With Materials And Event Promotion



Host A Free Fishing Weekend Event

DNR Can Help With Materials And Event Promotion


Host an event during Free Fishing Weekend and help newcomers to fishing cast a line in Wisconsin waters. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites organizations statewide to host free fishing events for the public on Free Fishing Weekend, June 1-2, 2024.

Fishing clubs, civic groups, churches, trade associations, municipal recreation departments and others are encouraged to provide fishing clinics for all ages.

During Free Fishing Weekend, all Wisconsin waters are open to residents and non-residents to fish without a license or trout or salmon stamp. However, organizations hosting free fishing events should note that all fishing regulations, including size and bag limits and species restrictions, will be enforced.

Organizations planning an event can borrow gear for their event from one of nearly 60 tackle loaner sites around the state. Almost half of the sites are at state parks located on water, making it easy for groups to pick up loaner gear and fish in one location.

June 1-2 is also Free Fun Weekend, when state park admission fees and trail passes are waived.

Organizations are invited to register their events with the DNR for additional promotion to the public. After registering, organizations can request materials to hand out at their events.

The deadline to register events is May 22.


WHAT: Free Fishing Weekend

WHEN: June 1-2, 2024

WHERE: Statewide

WHO: Anyone who wants to:

  • Share their fishing skills
  • Plan and host clinics in their community

WHY: Free Fishing Weekend is a great kickoff to summer recreation. Set the stage for warm weather fun on Wisconsin waters.

SIGN UPRegister your event by May 22.