Posted By dso02 on June 14, 2013
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Posted By dso02 on June 12, 2013
|Results for POLL S823|
Wisconsin’s biennial budget passed this week by the Joint Finance Committee would require the state to sell 10,000 acres of public land by 2017. Do you agree with that position?
Are you happy with Wisconsin’s current bass zones and regulations?
|Current bass zone regs – HAPPY … ???|
Harvest season for bass opens in northern zone with increased bass populations
RHINELANDER, Wis. – Wisconsin’s northern bass zone harvest season opens June 15 with anglers enjoying increased bass populations across the region and liberalized harvest rules in many northwestern Wisconsin counties and the Minocqua Chain of Lakes in Oneida County.
“Bass fishing is as good as it’s been in a long time,” says Steve Avelallemant, longtime fisheries supervisor for northern Wisconsin. “We’ve seen increases in abundance over time across the region and that means plenty of opportunities for anglers.”
Department of Natural Resources and university researchers and biologists are studying why bass are doing so well and if they are impacting other fish species. Bass fishing forecasts [PDF] excerpted from the 2013 Wisconsin Fishing Report detail recent population surveys for bass in many popular waters.
Avelallemant says the late ice out means anglers are still going to find bass on their spawning beds, particularly in the larger or deeper lakes where water temperatures warm more slowly. “Bass are very temperature-oriented but the temperature is warm enough to have some active bass,” he says.
The northern bass zone essentially includes those waters north of Highway 64 and 77 and allows harvest from June 15, 2013, through March 2, 2014. People can keep five bass in total, and the minimum length limit is 14 inches unless special regulations apply, so check the 2013-14 Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations.
Waters in many northwestern Wisconsin counties now have no minimum length for bass.
In those areas where harvest regulations have been liberalized in recent years, there has been an increase in harvest of largemouth bass. “To this point, however, we have not seen any changes in populations that can be attributed to additional harvest,” Avelallemant says.
“Take your kids and enjoy the wonderful diversity of bass fishing opportunities we have in the northern zone,” says Jon Hansen, a fisheries biologist based in Madison and co-chair of DNR’s bass committee. If you’re hungry, “keep it local” and take a few bass home for a meal, especially in places where there is no minimum length limit.”
Bass fast facts
Bass are found statewide and largemouth and smallmouth bass are collectively among the most commonly caught fish, well behind panfish, but ahead of walleye, anglers’ favorite. Wisconsin anglers reported reeling in an estimated 10 million bass in the 2006-7 license year, the last year for which figures are available. That compares to 7 million walleye, 1 million northern pike and 1.6 million trout.
Bass and musky were the fish Wisconsin anglers reported releasing most often, with only 5.4 percent of bass and 5.59 percent of musky harvested, according to a statewide mail survey of anglers in 2006-7.
|NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL S824|
Posted By dso02 on June 6, 2013
|Results for POLL S822|
Is live streaming of Natural Resources Board meetings a good idea?
|10K acres public land on the Sale Block: Agree… ???|
State stewardship funds trimmed by $18 million
GOP lawmakers also want 10,000 state-owned acres sold
In the May 15 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reporter Lee Bergquist wrote:
The Legislature’s budget committee made major cuts and changes to Wisconsin’s land conservation program Wednesday after Republicans on the panel expressed worries about its long-term cost.
The Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on a party-line vote to cut bonding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program by a total of $18 million over the next two fiscal years.
And in a move that especially angered Democrats, Republicans called for the Department of Natural Resources, which runs the program, to put 10,000 acres of state land up for sale by June 30, 2017.
|NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL S823|