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Try Fishing For Free This Weekend

WAOW Television

Grab your gear and get fishing! This Saturday and Sunday are a free fishing weekend here in the Badger state.

While this year might not be the time to share your shanty, anglers can fish any water bodies in the state where there is an open season, no license or trout stamps needed.

"It's just an opportunity to give fishing a try, and give ice fishing a try. You don't need a boat to get out there on the water," Department of Natural Resource's Teresa Stabo said. "There's good ice out there, there's also open water in some parts of the state."

Stabo advises beginners to look for holes already in the ice and fish out of those, if you cant find one, she says most ice fishers are quite friendly.

All other fishing regulations like limits on number and size still apply.

When considering safety on the ice, understand that no ice is 100% safe. Check with local bait shops for current ice conditions in the area you plan to fish.

Stay safely on shore if ice conditions are questionable and if open water is within casting distance, give that a try. Always tell someone where you are going and when you'll return.

Lastly, dress for winter comfort, and don't forget your safety gear: Warm layers that are water-resistant, sturdy waterproof boots with spike-style creepers for traction, an extra hat and gloves, rescue throw rope, ice claws.

If you don't have skimmer or angler, Stabo says a pasta spoon and broken rod will do for the weekend.

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