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Friday, June 5, 2015

2015 Free Fishing Weekend Information Post

I am a very vocal advocate for the promotion of Wisconsin's Outdoor Activities, and the associated heritage of our hunting and fishing activities. I work hard to share my knowledge, not only with the people I take fishing, but most importantly, my own children. You have an opportunity to share in our State's heritage with your family this weekend.

It is Free Fishing Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. On June 6 & 7 Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish anywhere for free in Wisconsin. No license is needed -- this includes inland trout and Great Lakes trout and salmon fishing.

There are also some kids fishing clinics in the local area (Details Here) including one in Oconomowoc and another in Eagle.

There's also the special regulation urban fishing parks in Waukesha County: Calhoun Park, Heyer Park North and South, Lepper Dam Millpond, Lions Park-Overland, Menomonee Park, Minooka Park, Muskego Park, Nixon Park, Regal Park, and Woodfield North and South

Walworth County: Ceylon Lagoon, Congdon Park, Millpond Park Pond;

Washington County: Boot Lake, Hartford Millpond, Homestead Hollow Park, Kewaskum Millpond, Sandy Knoll Park, Wells Lake;

Milwaukee County: Brown Deer Park, Dineen Park, Estabrook Park, Franklin High School, Greenfield Park, Holler Park, Humboldt Park, Jackson Park, Juneau Park, Kosciuszko Park, McCarty Park, McGovern Park, Miller Park, Mitchell Park, Oak Creek Parkway, Saveland Park, Shoetz Park, Scout Lake, Sheridan Park, Washington Park, Wilson Park.

Our Regional Fishing Director's Top 10 Family Locations:
  • Lake Michigan (Big Pond)
  • Pewaukee Lake, Waukesha County
  • Geneva Lake, Walworth County
  • Delavan Lake,Walworth County
  • Big Muskego, Waukesha County
  • Big Cedar Lake, Washington County
  • Paradise Springs, Waukesha County
  • Long Lake, Fond du Lac County
  • Milwaukee River, Washington and Milwaukee counties
  • Okauchee Lake, Waukesha County
 There's also information on boat launches. and accessible shore fishing options around our area and the state. Information on quality game fish opportunities and a list of musky waters.

My List of Local Shore fishing:

Local Shore Fishing Locations

· Okauchee Lake: (Public area is closed)

· Moose Lake: Shore and pier fishing is available at the Moose Lake Public Launch area. This launch has been improved over the last few years and a nice park like area is available to shore fisherman. The Launch area is just off Highway C, across from Cedar Bay road.

· Lac La Belle: Public Fishing Pier Located in Memorial Park in downtown Oconomowoc.

· Nashotah Park: Just off of the corner of HWY C and HWY R in Nashotah there is a park and ride. Across HWY R, there is a low fence that marks access to the Forest Lake area of Nashotah Park. Anglers have to hike down the hill, but the entire shoreline of the small lake is available for shore-fishing.

· Fowler Lake: There is space for shore fishing by the Labelle/Fowler Dam, at the boat landing and in the Riverside Park. The lake is just off HWY 16 in Downtown Oconomowoc. The boat landing is behind city hall.

· Nagawicka Lake: Two areas allow public shore fishing access. There is some space at the public launch in the County Park off of HWY 83 near Delafield. A second option allows you to access St John's Bay and a section of the Bark River. Take HWY C to where the Military Academy is. There is a small park just south of downtown Delafield on the east side of the road.

· Pewaukee Lake: Located in Nagawaukee County Park on the west side of the lake. From I-94, north on State Highway 83 for 1/8 mile, east on County Highway DR 1 1/2 miles, north on County Highway E to park entrance. Park fee is charged. There is also a public fishing pier along the city strip near the beach on the east end.

·Ottawa Lake: Located in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. From State Highway 67, west on County Highway ZZ for 1/3 mile to park entrance. State Park sticker required for entry.

· Paradise Springs: Located in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. From downtown Eagle, west 1 mile on State Highway 59 to County Highway N, north on N for about 1/2 mile to site. State Park sticker required for entry. Artificial lures only.

·Lower Phantom Lake: Located in Phantom Glen Park. From County Highway ES, west on Andrews Street to park entrance

Good Luck...and don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need additional information.

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