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Tainter Creek Watershed Council’s free fishing event is this weekend
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FREE FISHING DAY event, held annually by the Tainter Creek Watershed Council, will be held this year at the land of the Olson family in Star Valley. The event will once again feature a fish shocking event by the DNR to demonstrate the fish species present in the healthy creek. - photo by GILLIAN POMPLUN

STAR VALLEY - The Tainter Creek Watershed Council’s ‘Free Fishing Weekend’ event will take place on the Olson Family Farm in Star Valley on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The event is held on the State of Wisconsin’s ‘Free Fishing Weekend,’ when anyone can fish without a license. The event is intended to highlight Tainter Creek’s status as a Class One trout stream, and the farmer’s efforts to protect and enhance water quality in the watershed.

The event, co-sponsored by Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration (TUDARE), will include casting and fly-tying lessons, a free grilled lunch at 12:30 p.m., a farmer panel, a water quality presentation by David Krier of Valley Stewardship Network, and prizes for children. 

Scheduled activities will include a fish shocking of the creek to demonstrate the variety of fish in the stream at 10:30 a.m. Vernon County DNR Fisheries Biologist Kirk Olson will once again lead the shocking. At 11:30 a.m. wagons will load for a tour of a TUDARE steam bank restoration project on the nearby Rayner property along Conway Creek, a tributary of Tainter Creek.