MADISON, Wis. - A new online map and user tool for trout will help anglers find places to fish and gain information about local regulations.
Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries bureau, the tool is available through dnr.wi.gov, using the keyword "TROUT." The map includes public land and DNR fishing easements.
"With more than 13,000 miles of trout streams, revised regulations and several important new classifications and easements this year alone, Wisconsin anglers have more places to go trout fishing than ever before," said Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator. "The new tool will help anglers locate great places to fish, find access points and check regulations. The database contains the latest information available - an important factor since this year alone, we have 14 streams with upgraded classifications. It also includes 27 streams that were recently documented as sustaining trout populations with six of these earning the coveted Class 1 designation."
The TROUT tool, an acronym for Trout Regulations and Opportunities User Tool, will optimize anglers' time on the water by showing where publicly accessible land is relative to roads, bridge crossings and trout streams. This tool provides anglers with:
The tool allows anglers to click a colored section of stream to see the specific regulation for that section of water. Check the fisheries regulations page for more information. An additional layer to the map provides insight in to the type of the fishery by identifying the trout stream classification.
Users may zoom in or out to find more detailed information. Once a location is identified, anglers may click to open a window describing the bag limit and season.
DNR continues to welcome entries for trout and salmon stamp contests
In other trout news, DNR continues to seek entries for the inland trout stamp design contest and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contest for the 2017 year stamps.
Artwork for the 2017 inland trout stamp contest and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp contest must be submitted by July 1, 2016. The concurrent contests are open to those ages 18 and older - youth contests are planned for the 2018 editions.
Subject matter for stamps must feature species of trout and salmon found in Wisconsin's waters or appropriate subject matter relating to trout and salmon fishing. Artists are not limited in their choice of colors or medium, but the medium selected must be of permanent quality such as pen and ink, oil, watercolor etching or pencil.
Once the artwork has been submitted, DNR will create an online gallery and open the voting through the web and Facebook in July. The top 10 entries from the online voting will then move to a final round of judging by a panel of three to five judges with expertise and interest in trout, salmon and wildlife art.
The top three entries will be ranked and put on display at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, Aug. 14.
To learn more, visit DNR.wi.gov and search "Trout Stamp Contest." Entries must be delivered or postmarked by July 1, 2016 and sent to the Wisconsin Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp Contest or the Wisconsin Inland Trout Stamp Contest, Attn: Trout Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR (FH/4), Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.
Questions may be directed to Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator at Joanna.Griffin@Wisconsin.gov or 608-264-8953.