Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to prepare one you’ve just landed for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home.
A weekend class is scheduled for the Driftless Folk School near LaFarge. We’ll start at the school to learn more about the waters in this area, the species that live in them and how to access them. You will get dryland practice in how to use a spinning rod and how to select baits and lures before we head to the water. You’ll also get a taste of the fine art of fly fishing. Then, we’ll head for the streams! Finally, you’ll learn how to cook the catch fish at our potluck meal on Saturday. Staff from the Department of Natural Resources, National Wild Turkey Federation, and other partners and volunteers will lead this course.
The Farm to Fork concept 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. You’ll even learn how to cook your catch at this course!
Date: 5/18/18 - 5/20/18
Registration Deadline: 5/14/2018
Class Time: Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. - Sunday, May 20, until early afternoon.
Location: La Farge, WI
Age Limit: 18 years and older.
Participants will need to have a DNR Customer ID Number.
For information on obtaining a number, please follow the DNR link: https://dnr.wi.gov/gowild/customernumber.html
Free rustic camping is available at Driftless Folk School. Here is a short list of other accommodations if desired.
• Trillium B&B 608-625-4492; trilliumcottage.com
• Kickapoo Vacation Rentals, 608-625-6000,
If you have questions about course content please contact:
Theresa Stabo, DNR Fishing Skills Outreach Coordinator since 1987, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-577-6332 or
John Motoviloff, Author of Flyfishers Guide to Wisconsin and Iowa and several wild foods cookbooks, email@example.com, 608-419-0041.