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Fishing is free this weekend in Minnesota, Wisconsin

No license is needed, but all other rules and limits apply.

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Dan Byrnes hands son Nash, 6, a rod and reel ready for fishing on Island Lake in this photo from 2019. Both Minnesota and Wisocnsi offer free fihsing, with no license needed, this weekend. (Steve Kuchera / file / News Tribune)

Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend will allow adults to fish without a fishing license, although in Minnesota you have to bring a kid along with you.

Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend is Jan. 16-17. Anglers can fish all water bodies in the state where there is an open season. All other fishing regulations apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish.

In Minnesota, Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend runs Saturday, Jan. 16, through Monday, Jan. 18 when adults who bring a kid age 15 or under can fish for free (the kids can fish free, too!) with no fishing license necessary.

The Minnesota rule applies to spearing as well as angling. Check the DNR’s page at dnr.state.mn.us/gofishing/learn-ice-fish.html for more information about ice fishing.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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