Contact(s): Meredith Penthorn, DNR fisheries policy specialist, 608-316-0080
MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will host a public hearing following implementation of an emergency rule regulating catfish harvest with a bow and arrow, crossbow or by hand.
The emergency rule, which was implemented to protect wintering catfish from overharvest, sets size and bag limits, season dates and gear restrictions to regulate catfish harvest with a bow and arrow, crossbow or by hand. Prior to 2017 Act 297, these methods were not allowed because catfish are considered a game fish in Wisconsin and only rough fish could be taken with these methods. This rule does not impact hook and line regulations for catfish.
The hearing will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. in the State Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster St., Room 413, Madison.
Members of the public may submit written comments to Meredith.Penthorn@wisconsin.gov - comments must be received on or before Jan. 29, 2019. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "proposed emergency rules."