DNR free fishing weekend starts Saturday

Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 6:00 AM CST
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Anyone looking to get their feet wet when it comes to fishing can do so for free during the DNR's free fishing weekend January 18-19. This weekend offers people a chance to fish almost anywhere in the state without a license or trout stamp.

The DNR offers free clinics in several counties plus there are tackle loaner sites for people to borrow fishing gear. Staff at the DNR want people to remember that if they're going ice fishing to beware of the 'honeycomb effect.' This happens when the ice freezes, thaws and refreezes which makes the ice weak and raises the chances of someone falling through.

For people who want to purchase a license during the free fishing weekend the DNR has a special for residents to buy one for $5.

We spoke to a fishing pro at

who said this is a perfect weekend for people to experience the ice fishing culture. "You can get into it as much as you want you can have a couple rods and reels or you could have 20 so you can get into as much or as little as you want, but the culture is very strong. It's a real bonding experience for families getting kids outdoors, it's a great idea to go fishing," Wally Banfi, Fishing Pro at Wilderness Fish and Game, said.

To find a tackle loaner site or free clinic near you


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