By Kent Berkley
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is providing its annual Free Fishing Weekend on January 20 and 21. For the entire weekend, Wisconsin residents and non-residents of all ages are allowed to fish on the frozen waters without a license, with the exception of spring trout ponds. JJ Malvitz, Fishing Guide at JJs Guide Service in Sturgeon Bay, says everyone seems to appreciate the beauty of Door County in the summer, but too few take in its spectacular winter scenery. He says ice fishing is a great way to see a different type of beauty while enjoying the thrill of adventure fishing.
Malvitz says the free weekend is a great opportunity for first-timers to explore whether ice fishing is a sport they might enjoy. He says it is a relatively inexpensive sport that requires little equipment for beginners. He also says inexperienced anglers may want to go out with a professional guide to make sure they find a spot that is safe and likely to render the species of fish they are pursuing.