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Public asked to consider simplified inland trout regulations

MADISON — A color coded system that simplifies inland trout regulations will be up for consideration by those attending the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing on April 13.

The proposed rules, which will be presented at hearings held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual meetings, increase fishing opportunities for anglers on Wisconsin’s 13,000 miles of trout streams. Scot Stewart, district fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the proposal received a positive reception at 10 public meetings held statewide last fall.

“Through careful management and angler support, trout populations have improved statewide since the rules were last updated in 2003,” Stewart said. “During the 2014 public meetings, anglers expressed enthusiasm for the new rules because they will continue to support healthy trout populations while providing more quality fishing opportunities.”

Since 2011, DNR has held 31 public meetings, conducted three surveys including a survey of lapsed trout anglers and convened additional task force meetings focused on trout. The resulting proposal would reduce the number of special trout regulations from more than 40 to 12. The proposal also would create more uniformity of regulations on trout streams and within small geographic areas.

 

The proposed system also would use color-coding resembling a stoplight to guide anglers. Under the system:

  • Green means go fish, with no length limit, a bag limit of five fish and no bait restrictions;
  • Yellow means caution, with an 8-inch length limit, a bag limit of three fish and no bait restrictions;
  • Red means special regulations are in place. Anglers are advised to stop and understand the regulations before fishing.

Changes also are proposed to the season dates for inland trout fishing. The 2015 early catch and release season runs from March 7 to April 26 with a five-day closure before the regular season fishing opener on May 2. The proposal would extend the opening of the early catch and release season to the first Saturday in January and would run to the day before the regular fishing opener with no five-day closure period. The fall season would extend from the current Sept. 30 to Oct. 15.

Extending the season in the fall will provide more opportunities for catching or harvesting trout without affecting spawning or generating user conflicts along streams.

If the proposed rules move forward, they would take effect for the 2016-2017 season. For those who cannot attend the spring fish and wildlife public hearings, written comments on any proposals may be submitted before April 13 to:

Kate Strom Hiorns, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or email.

To learn more about the proposal, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keywords Spring Hearings. The website provides a list of proposals for consideration including the trout package.

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Dan Small at DeerFest Wisconsin 2014

Dan is a regular participant of the popular DeerFest Wisconsin outdoor show and this year was no exception. Dan was present with his TV Show, ‘Outdoor Wisconsin‘, his radio show, ‘Dan Small OUTDOORS RADIO‘ and representing all of his Sponsors as well.

Steve Worrall of OutdoorsFIRST Media, shot this piece of video interview, with Dan, at this years DeerFest.  Steve asks Dan about his experience at DeerFest and about Dan’s media presence. They discuss Dan’s message through his online and over-the-air media efforts and some of the News in-and-around Wisconsin.

Thanks to Steve Worrrall for the footage and link.

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Proposed inland trout regulations aim to increase opportunities for anglers

Color-coded system helps simplify inland trout fishing
Poll Pic S930MADISON – The public will have an opportunity to provide input on proposals to simplify existing inland trout fishing regulations and provide more quality trout fishing opportunities at 10 public meetings that will be held throughout the state beginning Sept. 3.

Beyond simplifying the rules for anglers, communities that serve as home to Wisconsin’s 13,000 miles of trout streams will likely see additional economic benefits as a result of proposed extensions to the spring and fall seasons and elimination of the current five-day closure says Joanna Griffin, trout coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“Wisconsin’s trout fishing regulations and seasons were last reviewed in 2003 and much has changed, including improved fish populations,” says Scot Stewart, DNR district fish supervisor. “Guided by public input, we’ve developed draft rules that support the continued health of our trout waters while making the fishing experience easier for anglers.”

DNR has sought public input throughout the rule review process and the next step is to bring the proposed rules to the public for final comment. Since 2011, DNR staff members have hosted 31 public meetings, developed three angler surveys, organized trout task force stakeholder meetings and developed advisory questions for spring hearings hosted by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

The public feedback has resulted in a proposal that reduces the number of special regulations from more than 40 to 12. The proposal also creates uniformity on streams within small geographic areas.

The new system uses color-coding resembling a stoplight to guide anglers. Under the proposed rules:

  • Green means go fish – with no length limit, a bag limit of five fish and no bait restrictions
  • Yellow means caution – with an 8 inch length limit, a bag limit of three fish and no bait restrictions
  • Red means special regulations are in place. Anglers are advised to stop and understand the regulations before fishing

Changes also are proposed in the season dates for inland trout fishing. The current early catch and release season runs from March 1 up to five days before the regular fishing opener. The proposal would extend the early catch and release season to Jan. 1 and would run right to the regular fishing opener with no five-day closure period.

“Thanks to the participation of anglers and interested citizens throughout the state, we are ready to move forward with the next steps,” Stewart says.

Ten public meetings are scheduled for September to gather additional citizen comments. The process will conclude with spring hearings and a vote in conjunction with a meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

The fall public meetings will be held:

  • September 3, Waukesha – 7 p.m., room 151, DNR Satellite Center, 141 NW Barstow St.
  • September 4, Dodgeville – 7 p.m., DNR Satellite Center, 1500 N. Johns St.
  • September 9
    • Green Bay – 6 p.m., DNR Service Center, 2984 Shawano Ave.
    • La Crosse – 6:30 p.m., Room B19-20 (lower level), DNR Satellite Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road.
    • Wausau – 6:30 p.m., DNR Satellite Center, 5301 Rib Mountain Road.
  • September 10
    • Hayward – 7 p.m. DNR Satellite Center, 10220 State Highway 27
    • Waupaca – 6 p.m., Rm. B, Waupaca Public Library, 107 S. Main St.
  • September 11
    • Eau Claire – 6:30 p.m., Room 158/185, DNR Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave.
    • Fitchburg – 7-9 p.m., Gathering Waters and Glaciers Edge meeting rooms, DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road
  • September 16, Ashland – 7 p.m., DNR Satellite Center, 2501 Golf Course Road

For more information about the proposed trout regulations, visit dnr.wi.gov and search for “trout review.” In addition to the public meetings, comments may be submitted to Joanna Griffin by email to joanna.griffin@wisconsin.gov or mailed to PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

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