Warmer, drier weather forecast for parts of Wisconsin will allow trout anglers to sneak in a few more week days and a full weekend of trout fishing on many inland waters before the early catch-and-release season closes at midnight Sunday, April 28.
The closing date is incorrectly listed in the Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations, 2013-2014.
Most trout streams are open to early fishing with the exception of most Lake Superior tributaries and most streams in northeast Wisconsin; check the current trout fishing Regulations pamphlet on the fishing regulations page of the DNR website for specific waters. Anglers are not required to use barbless hooks but must use artificial lures and flies.
Online maps and interactive maps trout waters easier to find and provide other information to increase anglers success. The maps, along with other information to help find easy public access to trout waters and some new places to fish, are available by searching on DNR’s website, dnr.wi.gov, for inland trout fishing.
Trout populations have generally increased statewide, and the number of fish in all sizes examined have increased, since 1950, according to a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point analysis released in 2011 and discussed in “A Trout Treasury,” an April 2011 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine article.
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