Free Fishing Weekend

Free Winter Fishing Weekend January 20-21, 2018.

Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun! Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 20-21. 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.

For more information, go to and search for “Free Fishing Weekend.” FYI: This is a great way to introduce anglers to ice fishing!

Ice Fishing Tournaments on the free fishing weekend:

  • 01/20/2018
    Wisconsin High School Ice Fishing Tournament presented by the Wisconsin National Guard, on Chequamegon Bay, from 7am-3pm. Send off and weigh-in at the Armory, 420 Sanborn Ave. For more information, call 715-577-2590 or email
  • 01/20/2018
    Annual Butternut/Schnur Lake Association Fisheree at Butternut Resort, 11633 Lakeview Rd., Butternut, from 7am-5pm. There is a minimal registration fee. For more information, call 715-769-3333.
  • 01/20/2018
    Iron River Annual Fishin’ Chicks Ice Fishing Contest, on Spider Lake, Iron River, from 10am-3pm. Only women compete, men can attend and assist. Proceeds benefit breast cancer awareness efforts. $40 per admission. For more information, visit
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