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To learn more about the Fishing for dinner initiative and get involved, contact:
Theresa Stabo
R3 Coordinator
Recruitment·Retention·Reactivation
608-577-6332

Fishing Wisconsin Fishing for dinner initiative

Fishing for Dinner

Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to land one on your dining table for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home.


Cooking Fish

Northern pike done to perfection by Chef Patrick McKormick.

Attend a class

Classes are being planned for this winter to teach adults what they've been missing - knot-tying, casting, fish identification and preparing your catch for the table.

Milwaukee Area

Sign up for a 4-session class (flyer) [PDF] based in the Milwaukee area. Indoor sessions will be held at the Urban Ecology Center - Washington Park, a Saturday fishing outing at Pike Lake in Hartford with the Pike Lake Sportsmen's Club, and cooking at Hunger Task Force in Franklin. Leslie Peterson, Director of Food Services at Outpost Natural Foods will serve as chef. The class starts on Wednesday, January 24, 2018; more details in the flyer. Register to hold your spot through the Urban Ecology Center[exit DNR] or by contacting Erick Anderson at the UEC, 414-344-5460.
Registration deadline for Milwaukee class: January 18, 2018.
Cost: $20 for UEC members; (Nonmembers: $25 ) for the entire series.

Madison Area

The Wisconsin Fishing Team from the University of Wisconsin and volunteers will be lending a hand at a 5-session class (flyer) [PDF] scheduled for Madison. Indoor sessions will be held at DNR Regional Headquarters in Fitchburg, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Saturday fishing outings on Lake Monona from the Brittingham Boathouse (thanks to the Camp Randall Rowing Club for sharing the space!), and cooking at a nearby kitchen. The class starts on Wednesday, January 31, 2018; more details in the flyer. Submit the registration form [PDF] with a check to hold your spot. (We're kind of old fashioned with our registration.) Questions? Contact Theresa Stabo, 608-577-6332.
Registration deadline for Madison class: January 23, 2018.
Cost: $15 for the entire series.

Sound good to you? Then sign up!

We schedule classes in areas where people have expressed an interest and where we have partners in place to host and help lead the sessions. Watch this site for updates on class offerings, dates and locations.

Eat local – fish

The Farm to Fork concept is growing in popularity and suggests a parallel Pond to Plate companion, whether that "pond" is a stream or a lake – Great, large or small. As far as "food miles" are concerned, most Wisconsinites live within 50 miles of fishable waters that offer many places to catch a healthy and delicious dinner, with a low food-miles score. Sustainability is an important component, so filling the freezer does not fit the model, but savoring that occasional treat from familiar waters does.

Chefs, local foods advocates and community groups have joined us in this project to offer classes. Cleaning and cooking instructions will be part of the mix and we will include information on how to minimize consumption of fish contaminants such as mercury and PCBs.

Sound good to you? Then keep your eyes open and sign up for GovDelivery notifications so you'll be among the first to know when class registration materials are ready!

Angler recruitment and retention

The Fishing for Dinner Initiative is an angler recruitment and retention program; its primary goal is to lure a new anglers to the water's edge and encourage them to join us as stewards of Wisconsin's bountiful fisheries. The focus is on young adults who have an interest in local, sustainably raised food – we hope they will consider the fish they catch as part of a healthy diet.

Drop by to say hello!

We'll have an exhibit table at Canoecopia in Madison, March 9-11, 2018 and an exhibit and demos at the Energy Fair in Custer, June 15-17, 2018.

Last revised: Wednesday January 03 2018