Inland game fish season closes March 1

Madison – Anglers should be aware that the game fish season on
most inland Wisconsin waters closes at the end of the day on
Sunday, March 1.

The panfish seasons remain open year-round as does the season
for certain game fish on select lakes and rivers, including much of
the Wisconsin River and its impoundments. Waters that remain open
are listed in the “Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing
Regulations” and on the Department of Natural Resources Web
site.

In addition, an early trout season opens 5 a.m. on March 7 and
continues until Sunday, April 27 at midnight. The early season is
catch-and-release only, and only artificial lures with barbless
hooks may be used while fishing for any species of fish on trout
streams.

Most trout streams are open to early fishing with the exception
of most Lake Superior tributaries and most streams in northeast
Wisconsin. Check the “2008-09 Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide”
to verify which waters are open during the early season and visit
the early trout fishing page of the DNR Web site for tips on the
flies and techniques to use – as well as other information – to
help make your early trout season more enjoyable and
successful.

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