Twice each year, the DNR offers a weekend of fishing where licenses are NOT required, called the Free Fishing Weekend.
Saturday and Sunday are the designated days for 2016 winter season.
Among the many events, families of school-age youth are invited to Lake Julia boat landing, just south of Rhinelander, to learn about ice fishing from a DNR biologist. Equipment will be provided says Lynn Feldman, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator....
"....it is an opportunity for those who have never tried this before or would like to enjoy the company of others in ice fishing. We have free hot chocolate that goes along with the event...."
The event is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Free registration with 4-H is required to participate, either on-site or online... Elsewhere, the DNR urges anglers to exercise great care in picking their spots. Many of the larger, deeper lakes only recently iced over and will not support foot traffic, much less a vehicle. However, the single digit temperatures should help conditions firm up and on some of the smaller lakes of 200 acres or so in size, anglers have been reporting nice catches of perch and northerns.