Wisconsin's winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for this coming this Saturday and Sunday.
Similar to the weekend the DNR sets aside in summer, this weekend focuses on getting people out of the house and onto the ice to see what hard water fishing is all about. Fishing is free for Wisconsin residents and visitors this weekend. No fishing license or stamprs are needed to fish all inland waters the Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters.
Spring trout ponds are not open, however. All other fishing rules apply.
The DNR's Theresa Stabo coordinates the weekend...
"....if you've never done ice fishing before, we have these clinics set up. Some of our wonderful partners are putting on activities, and our colleagues at DNR are putting out some really nice clinics to give ice fishing a try. There will be equipment available, holes will be drilled. They just need to show up and give it a shot...."
Two of the eight locations in the state where the free clinics will be held Saturday are in Oneida county.
The dads of Three Lakes Evangelical Free Church will provide ice fishing instruction at Maple Lake public beach from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Oneida County 4-H is offering a clinic at Perch Lake west of Rhinelander targeted toward kids and their families from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.. Poles and bait provided, along with hot chocolate and a warming shelter.
Contact the church office in Three Lakes or the UW-Extension office in Rhinelander for more information.
Stabo says regardless where you go out, remember ice is never 100 percent safe.