Meeting set for February 19 at Horicon Marsh Education Center

Horicon area anglers and others are invited to share their expectations for fishing for panfish in Wisconsin at a 7 p.m. February 19 meeting in the lower level auditorium of the Horicon Marsh Education Center, N7725 Highway 28.

“Folks can come to voice changes they’d like to see or simply to let us know that they like things the way they are,” said Laura Stremick-Thompson, fisheries biologist for the Department of Natural Resources.

This public meeting and others like it being held around Wisconsin in February and March mark the opening phases of statewide outreach efforts by Department of Natural Resources’ fisheries managers to seek feedback from anglers regarding panfish management. These first meetings will ask anglers to evaluate their panfish fishing experience and share whether their expectations are generally met, or if they feel a different approach should be taken.

Panfish account for nearly two-thirds of all fish caught in Wisconsin, according to a 2006-7 mail survey, with nearly half of all panfish caught being kept for the table.

The evening’s agenda includes a brief presentation on panfish management in Wisconsin and attendees will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to help DNR understand their concerns, issues and priorities for panfish.

Logo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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