Contact(s): Max Wolter, DNR fisheries biologist, (715) 634-9658, ext. 3509; or Kevin Harter, DNR communications, (715) 635-4242, or cell, (715) 416-2230.
HAYWARD, WI - Hayward area anglers and others are invited to share their expectations for fishing for panfish in Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. February 20 meeting at the Hayward High School auditorium, 10320 N. Greenwood Lane.
The meeting is one of 28 public meetings in February and March by the Department of Natural Resource's fisheries managers to discuss the future of panfish management in Wisconsin.
"This is going to be a great opportunity to talk about the direction our panfisheries are headed and what changes anglers would like to see," said Max Wolter, DNR fisheries biologist. "I'm also looking forward to presenting other information related to stocking, surveys, and proposed regulation changes."
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 DNR has long had management plans in place for game fish species such as walleye, bass, musky and northern pike, and biologists and some anglers believe such attention is necessary for panfish.
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.
The questionnaire and background materials presented at the meeting will be available online in coming weeks.