|MARCH 26, 2011 | SHOW #613
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INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL s613Would you support a rule change that would extend the Northern Wisconsin game fish season (north of Highway 10) to the second Sunday in March of each year?
BACKGROUND: Northern Wisconsin Game Fish Season Extension
Question #82 in this year’s Spring Fish & Game Rules Hearings will appear as follows:
The first Sunday in March is currently the end of the game fish season statewide for all regular inland waters. There is no general differentiation between Northern and Southern Management Zones for the close of the game fish season. Extending the northern Wisconsin (north of Highway 10) game fish season would increase angling opportunity with no biological drawbacks to the fishery. It may also have a positive impact on tourism and would not require any license changes.
Jeremy Zahnow proposed this question. He is circulating a flier urging people to vote yes. Here are excerpts from his flier:
This resolution has gone through the first four preliminary stages with overwhelming support. Please help spread the word in your community and vote yes.
Advantages of extending the Wisconsin Northern Zone Game Fish Season:
• Benefit to Anglers: Increases angler opportunity allowing fishing for an additional 7 days for popular game fish including walleye, northern, bass
• Benefit to Communities: An increase in inter/intrastate tourism promoting a significant economic benefit to the region and local business. This extension would help fill the tourism void in northern Wisconsin for the month of March. Anglers from Wisconsin’s Southern Zone and neighboring states would have the opportunity to fish game fish for an additional week in Wisconsin’s North Woods. Minnesota’s game fish season currently closes at the end of February each year.
• Support: More consistent rule structure throughout the state with average ice-out dates. According to scientific data collected from Wisconsin’s State Climatology Office and the National Snow & Ice Data Center, the average ice-out for Southern Wisconsin is April 21, Central Wisconsin is April 6, and Northern Wisconsin is April 21. Anglers in Southern Wisconsin have 14 days from the close of the season to ice-out, while anglers in Northern Wisconsin have as many as 45 days until ice-out.
Summary: It’s obvious there is a large difference (30 days) in the ice-out dates between Northern and Southern Wisconsin. So why should Wisconsin’s game fish season end on the same day for the entire state? We have a chance to make a positive impact for not just fellow anglers but for all local businesses and economies in Wisconsin’s northern half.
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Workshops will train people to conduct angler education courses
MADISON – Adults who love to fish or care about Wisconsin lakes and streams can help pass on a favorite Wisconsin tradition to a new generation by attending angler education training workshops set for the Madison area, Dodgeville, the Wisconsin Dells, and Waukesha in April and May.
The Department of Natural Resources Angler Education Program introduces children to basic fishing skills and connects them to Wisconsin’s lakes and streams. Adults who attend the workshop receive free materials that they can use to teach their own angler education courses and help guide adventures in local water resource investigations.
Fishing equipment and other materials are available for loan to instructors for their programs, according to Theresa Stabo, DNR aquatic resources education director. More workshops are listed as they are scheduled, so check back frequently to theangler education workshop schedule web page or sign up for Angler Education updates to receive e-mail alerts when new sessions have been added.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC CLINICS CONTACT: Kim Anderson, 608-261-6431
No traces of Asian carp found in Milwaukee waterways
The researchers notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of the results in a letter last week. The DNR provided boats and boat operators to help collect the water samples from the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic rivers and nearby creeks and ponds in November 2010.
“The great news is that all samples were negative for the presence of Asian carp DNA,” says Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Wakeman says the results are also an important contribution to the baseline information we’re gathering on aquatic invasive species within the state.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Wakeman – 262-574-2149
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