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Winter Carnival: Fishing Derby

Memorial Union
Madison, WI 53706

Join us for our first-ever educational Ice Fishing Derby. Participants may participate as experienced anglers or can participate as learners by taking one of our ice fishing lessons hosted by the University of Wisconsin Fishing team and our local DNR Wardens. Sign up separately to take lessons—they will be run every hour on the hour! Participants in the lessons will provide all the necessary fishing equipment needed to fish. Free hot chocolate from Peet’s Coffee will be available for all anglers.

This event will be free of charge, all you need to do is come with a current fishing license ($5.00 first-time angler licenses available at Anglers who catch fish worthy of our awards will be given a coupon for a free rental with Outdoor UW. Participants must be students.

The event will take place outside, so participants should dress to be warm for the duration. The ice cover can be quite wet so make sure to bring waterproof boots!

Participant Rules and Instructions

  • Participants must obey all DNR fishing regulations.
  • Fish must be caught during the event hours on the waters within view of the Memorial Union on Lake Mendota.
  • Wisconsin Union will provide all fishing equipment necessary for first-time anglers. Experienced anglers are welcome to bring their own tackle.

Lesson Registration

Lesson registration will open soon! Stay tuned for more.