MADISON -- Anglers of all ages will soon have many more reasons to get excited about the upcoming inland fishing season opener on May 6 thanks to efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to stock "catchable" trout in locally accessible lakes, ponds and streams.
For 2017, more than 650,000 trout including adult broodstock, yearlings and large fingerlings are being stocked in more than 300 inland waters statewide. In all, some 240,000 rainbow trout, 221,000 brook trout and 198,000 brown trout will be delivered before the inland season opener on the first Saturday in May.
"Our efforts to stock catchable trout really aim to provide exciting fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages at popular, family-friendly local destinations," said Dave Giehtbrock, DNR fisheries culture section chief. "Many of these locations are used for urban fishing clinics and youth angling opportunities."
Fish for the program are raised at Nevin Hatchery, Osceola Hatchery and St. Croix Falls Hatchery. Additional fish are raised and stocked through cooperative rearing agreements with fishing clubs and about 70,000 fish from these efforts are being stocked in urban fishing waters, such as small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with local municipalities.
Many urban waters have no length limits and a special season for juveniles 15 years of age and younger as well as certain disabled anglers. For 2017, the special season started March 11 and runs through April 28. These waters also have a daily bag limit of three trout, one gamefish and 10 panfish. Other waters stocked with catchable trout have different bag limits and length requirements. For details, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Fishing Regulations."
A complete list of 2017 inland waters expected to receive catchable trout can be found by visiting the DNR website, and searching "Catchable Trout."