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Youth Fishing Derby At Necedah Wildlife Refuge

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Wisconsin that are family-friendly, take your kids fishing during the Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend Event in June.

Enjoy the great outdoors and create memories together at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge’s Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 4, 2011 beginning at 9:00am. This FREE Wisconsin fishing event will be held at the NEW Visitor Center and is open to those sixteen years old and younger accompanied by an adult. There is no pre-registration or reservations required. Families do not need a Wisconsin fishing license for this weekend event. The fishing event takes place rain or shine.

An Opportunity for Kids to Learn About Fishing on Wisconsin Lakes

The Youth Fishing Derby is an opportunity for kids to learn about a fun sport. Registration begins at 8:30am and activities beginning at 9am. Activities consist of casting lessons, fish identification, knot tying, minnow races, and fish cleaning demonstrations. A lunch of hotdogs, chips and drinks to all event participants will be provided by the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

The highlight of the day is a youth fishing derby beginning at 10:00am near the Visitor Center. Prizes for the biggest fish caught will be awarded at the awards ceremony at 1:30pm. Adults may not fish for their child but may assist.

Free Wisconsin Fishing Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, June 4 -5, is designated as Free Wisconsin Fishing Weekend when you can fish without a license throughout the state of Wisconsin. Other locations to fish in Necedah National Wildlife Refuge include Harvey’s Pond, Suk-Cerney Flowage, and Goose and Sprague Pools.

Help Improve Our Fishing Environment for Future Generations

There will also be a lead-free tackle exchange at the Derby. Lead is a toxic metal that, in sufficient quantities, has adverse effects on the nervous and reproductive systems of mammals and birds. Found in most fishing jigs and sinkers, this metal is poisoning wildlife such as loons and eagles. An alternative to traditional lead tackle is using sinkers and jigs made from non-poisonous materials such as tin, bismuth, steel, and natural stone. Bring in your lead sinkers and lures and exchange them with lead-free tackle, while supplies last.

This event is one of the many ways the refuge offers to connect people with nature. “Connecting People with Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation” is a national priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of working to ensure that all Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections with the natural world with your children.

The event is sponsored by Fish & Dreams, Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Interstate Bass Fishing Club of Tomah, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Instructor Norm Neman, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin DNR, and Volunteers from Eagle’s Nest Resort and Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The event concludes with an award ceremony around 1:30pm.

For additional information please call the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at (608) 565-2551 or email necedah@fws.gov.

Enjoy the Scenic Beauty of a Wisconsin Wildlife Refuge

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is open sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week 7:30am to 4pm, and located two miles north on Headquarters Road off of Highway 21 four miles west of the Village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah. Visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah for more information about this Wildlife Refuge.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conserves the nature of America for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
N11385 Headquarters Road
Necedah, WI  54646
Phone: 608-565-2551

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