Contact(s): Justin Haglund, DNR fisheries biologist, Dodgeville 608-935-1936
DODGEVILLE, Wis. - Anglers, campers and others interested in fishing at Governor Dodge State Park are invited to attend an informational meeting Dec. 5 about proposed changes to panfish regulations on Twin Valley Lake within the state park.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Dodgeville DNR office, 1500 N. Johns St., Dodgeville.
The current panfish regulations allow unlimited harvest of panfish of any size. That regulation was implemented in 2000 and aimed to reduce the numbers of bluegills and increase size structure. Panfish size structure has increased in Twin Valley Lake since 2000, however, these changes are likely due to increases in largemouth bass abundance and not to the current regulation.
"These top-tier predators function as biological controls on panfish, reducing abundance and allowing for better growth rates and increases in size structure so the special regulation is no longer necessary," Haglund says. "We propose reverting back to the general statewide regulation of 25 fish per day, no minimum size limit."
This proposal will help reduce harvest of larger bluegills and protect other panfish species such as black crappie and yellow perch to increase abundance and size structure, Haglund says. It also simplifies regulations and reduces confusion from an enforcement perspective by reverting to the statewide bag limit.