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February 22, 2011

MADISON - Anglers should be aware that the game fish season on most inland Wisconsin waters closes at the end of the day on Sunday, March 6.

The panfish seasons remain open year-round as does the season for certain game fish on select lakes and rivers, including much of the Wisconsin River and its impoundments. Waters that remain open are listed in the fishing regulations and on the Department of Natural Resources Web site.

In addition, an early trout season opens 5 a.m. on March 5 and continues until Sunday, May 1 at midnight. The early season is catch-and-release only, and only artificial lures may be used while fishing for any species of fish on trout streams. Beginning this year, anglers are no longer required to use barbless hooks during the early trout season, but are still required to use only artificial lures while fishing for any species of fish on trout streams.

Most trout streams are open to early fishing with the exception of most Lake Superior tributaries and most streams in northeast Wisconsin. Check the "2011-12 Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide" to verify which waters are open during the early season. The early trout season web pages of the DNR Web site provide a link to those regulations, tips on the flies and techniques to use - as well as other information - to help make your early trout season more enjoyable and successful.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Hewett, section chief for fisheries management and policy (608) 267-7501

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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