The second annual winter Free Fishing Weekend is January 18-19. According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), no fishing license is needed to fish any Wisconsin water. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters. Fishing rules will apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish anglers can keep and any seasons when anglers must release certain fish species. DNR west central director Dan Bauman says in order to have a memorable time, practice a few safety tips: if the ice is 2 inches or less, stay off the ice; 4-inches are enough for ice fishing on foot, make sure you are dressed properly, have a charged cell phone, personal flotation device or float jacket and ice rescue claws. Also Bauman says if fishing alone, make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.