From Wisconsin waters to your plate: DNR announces 2016 fishing for dinner dates and locations

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  1. By Central Office January 21, 2016

    Contact(s): Theresa Stabo, DNR fisheries outreach coordinator, [email protected], 608-266-2272

    MADISON, Wis. -- People with little fishing experience will have the opportunity to learn about Wisconsin's fisheries, basic fishing skills, how to find fishable waters near their home and safely prepare their catch for the dinner table as part of the Fishing for Dinner program.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is co-sponsoring the free, four-session community education classes with Willy Street Co-op, Wisconsin Fishing Team, Camp Randall Rowing Club, UW Sea Grant Institute and volunteers including Patrick McCormick, executive chef from Oliver's Public House.

    The first two indoor sessions are at Union South on the UW-Madison campus on Tuesdays, Feb. 2 and 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Fishing on Lake Monona will take place from the Brittingham Boathouse on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and cooking will occur at Willy Street Co-op - West on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

    The registration deadline for the Madison class is Jan. 27.

    "We want to introduce new audiences to sport fishing by tying it to the local foods movement, and you can't get much more local than a fish caught from a nearby body of water," said Theresa Stabo, DNR fisheries outreach coordinator. "We want to encourage people to savor the resource and take advantage of nature's bounty, namely the fresh, local, healthy food the fishery produces."

    People who register for the sessions and have less than two years of fishing experience will not need a fishing license, but must obtain a DNR customer identification number by calling 1-888-936-7463. The classes are free and all gear and supplies are provided. Participants must register for the Madison classes by Jan. 27. Submit the registration form to hold your spot or for more information contact Stabo at [email protected] or 608-266-2272.

    Details about the Madison classes and information on similar classes scheduled for Milwaukee can be found by visiting and searching the phrase "Fishing for Dinner."

    Last Revised: Thursday, January 21, 2016