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July 26, 2011

MADISON -- A North Carolina tourist braves 49 degree weather and horizontal rain to fish Wisconsin in June. "I froze my tail off, but it was worth it"! he says after a memorable catch.

A Green Bay father introduces his 2-year-old daughter to fishing and both get more than they bargained for.

A Hillsboro man starts a fishing club for middle and high schoolers who need a place to belong.

And a fish tag finds its way back to DNR's Fitchburg office 20 years and 18 inches after biologists put the tag in the fish.

These are some of the stories shared by anglers who fished in Wisconsin this summer. They are fishing histories, or fishtory, that tell why so many people who live in Wisconsin or visit here spend time on the water.

And they are the start of a new feature on the DNR website: Fishtory.

"Every angler's got a story," says Karl Scheidegger, a DNR fish biologist and leader of the DNR's fisheries outreach team.

"Every year, more and more people have sent us photos and stories with their fishtories," he says. "We wanted to share their stories and encourage others to create their own on Wisconsin's waters."

Scheidegger encourages anglers to send their photos and stories in to DNR so they can be posted on the Fishtory page for everyone to enjoy.

'Every fish has a tale' giveaway

Some of the stories shared on DNR's new web feature, Fishtory, came from anglers who pledged to take someone new fishing and shared their story with the DNR. By taking DNR's online pledge and sharing their story, these anglers are entered into a giveaway drawing for fishing-related prizes that runs through the end of September.

The grand prize winner will receive a personalized custom-carved fish sculpture; other fishing prizes will be given to two other lucky prize winners. Their names will be drawn and announced in early October.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Scheidegger (608) 267-9426

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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