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More than 100 miles of improved trout habitat added to online Trout Tool

Published by Central Office May 22, 2018

Contact(s): Joanna Griffin, DNR Trout Team Coordinator, 608-264-8953

Partnerships with fishing clubs, local governments benefit fish and anglers

MADISON - More than 400 projects improving trout habitat on more than 100 miles of streams are now easier for inland anglers to find and fish.

The project locations and details have been added to the Department of Natural Resources' online T.R.O.U.T. tool, giving anglers a ready resource to help guide them to stream segments where fish populations and angler access are benefitting from the projects, says Joanna Griffin, Department of Natural Resources trout team coordinator.

"These projects occur on trout streams all over the state in inland brook trout and brown trout streams and Lake Superior tributaries," she says. "They would not have been possible without the help and support from our partners."

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Trout habitat work benefits fish and anglers

Griffin says the projects were conducted from 2011 through 2016 and range from brush removal and access to maintenance and larger instream habitat improvements. Much of the work is funded through trout stamp revenues: anglers fishing inland waters for trout are required to buy a $10 inland trout stamp and the resulting revenues are used to support trout habitat improvement and habitat maintenance projects, and trout population surveys.

Increasingly, fishing clubs, other conservation groups and federal, tribal and local entities are playing a bigger role in providing funding and labor. These examples illustrate the importance of these partnerships for fish and anglers, Griffin says:

Such partnerships and anglers' purchase of trout stamps have paid off over the years: habitat improvements have played an important role in increasing angler opportunities and the mileage of Class 1 trout streams from 3,536 miles in 1980 to more than 5,000 today. To access the online tool, search the DNR website,, for keyword "trout."

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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