Winter Free Fishing Weekend in the Kenosha Area

1/9/2018 - Tricia Steele Andrews

Family-Friendly, Sports & Outdoors
Winter Free Fishing Weekend in Kenosha Wisconsin

Are you suffering from cabin fever yet? Are you and your family looking to get out of the house and into the great outdoors? Well, then get your rod and reel ready and take part in the FREE Fishing Weekend taking place Saturday, January 20th and Sunday, January 21st in Kenosha County. Yes, you did hear right…it is FREE to fish. No need to get a license at all. All you have to do is get out there and enjoy!

On this week-end, fish almost anywhere in Kenosha County (or the entire State of Wisconsin, for that matter) for FREE. Just remember that spring trout ponds are off limits and all the usual regulations and seasonal restrictions apply. So now all you have to do is get your gear together, dress for the weather, and decide what waterway you want to explore. Don’t let the cold stop you from this awesome opportunity, dress in layers if need be and take caution on the ice, as well.

Kenosha County has a plethora of places you can fish, whether you’ve been doing it your whole life or want to try it for the first time. The obvious choice that may come to mind first is beautiful Lake Michigan. With miles of shoreline that offer public access, it is a great lake to fish on. Did you know that Lake Michigan is the Number 1 most frequently visited water in Wisconsin? We are so lucky to have it in our own backyard. It is stocked annually with millions of fish from salmon to steelhead, brown trout and more. You can access Lake Michigan for fishing at HarborPark where there are piers along the harbor wall to fish from, Simmons Island Marina where you can ice fish or utilize piers, and areas near Southport Marina.   

Not ready to fish the large, open waters yet? Inland lakes and rivers are abundant and offer great fishing. Did you know that Kenosha County has dozens of inland lakes? You can checkout Benet and Peat Lake, along with Lake Shangrila, on our southern border and the Twin Lakes - Lake Mary and Lake Elizabeth - for fishing fun. There are plenty of other options such as Silver Lake, Lilly Lake, Paddock Lake and more, too! Plus, there are river fishing options! Pike River, the Root River, Des Plaines River, and the Fox River… Who knew we had so many options for casting a line!

At Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Vern Wolf Lake offers a fishing pier as well as the urban fishing pond. Here, anglers of any age can checkout basic fishing equipment to use for FREE at the park office. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th the Naturalists at Bong will be teaching the basics of safe and effective ice fishing for all ages. This is a great opportunity to get the whole family out to learn this sport and take a shot at catching the big one! A day or annual park pass are required at Bong.

On Sunday, January 21st the whole family can head out to Kenosha County’s 234 acre KD Park for the annual 4H Youth Ice Fishing Derby, held from 7:00 – 11 a.m. This is a wonderful chance for children to learn to fish from experienced adults. Concessions and bait will be available for purchase at the tournament.

So bundle up the family, grab your fishing pole, and head to the water for some great Kenosha fishing!

Tricia Steele Andrews

Community Blogger

Devoted Mom & Wife. Fourth generation Kenoshan. Lover of all things natural & organic. Passions include time with family & friends, gardening, country music, libraries, art, animals, & ancestry!