The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will offer its Free Fun Weekend June 4-5 that lets people into all state parks for free statewide. And, there is no license needed to fish all inland waters, as well as the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. Regulations still apply in terms of size limits and bag limits and certain species must be released on certain bodies of water.
"Free Fun Weekend is a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy Wisconsin's beautiful parks, forests and trails," said Gov. Scott Walker. "I encourage people to pick up a fishing rod and enjoy free fishing if they have never tried or haven't fished for a while, or take a hike or bike ride on one of our many state trails."
Many of the parks have special events, including wildlife presentations, history programs and other outdoor activities.
As for fishing, there will be dozens of free clinics all over the state, and no gear is required to participate in them. Most events will be run by local fishing clubs and local civic organizations. Many offer classes on knot-tying, baiting a hook, casting and reeling, and pop-can fishing. No fees are in place and pre-registration is not needed.
Age limits vary on the clinics, with most kids 15 and under being eligible. There is no age limit for general fishing – just the clinics. Parents are encouraged to show up and help, but it is not required for most clinics.
What better way to start a new tradition and the price sure is right. Better yet, take along a neighbor kid who may not have someone who fancies state parks or fishing. Get them started in the right direction.
For more information about state park activities and fishing clinics, go to dnr.wi.gov.