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DNR to consider allowing motor-boats to troll for fish

DNR fish crews in northern Wisconsin captured this 49 inch, 36-pound musky during spring 2012 musky surveys
DNR fish crews in northern Wisconsin captured this 49 inch, 36-pound musky during spring 2012 musky surveys

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsin anglers could use motor-boats to troll for fish statewide, under a proposal endorsed at the annual conservation hearings. The D-N-R announced the results yesterday of votes taken at all of the Conservation Congress proceedings on Monday night in each of the 72 counties. At least some trolling on all lakes statewide was endorsed by 62-percent of the nearly 5,900 sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question.

It's been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin. A year ago, a plan to allow three-line trolling in 17 counties was rejected. This time, a compromise to allow one-line trolling was approved, in addition to the three-line trolls which are currently allowed in 55 counties.

The hearing votes are advisory, and they could be taken up by the D-N-R later in the year.

Also, voters rejected catch-and-release activity during closed fishing seasons. They endorsed a catch-and-release for sturgeon on the state's boundary waters at Minnesota. They also approved slight adjustments to the opening of the inland fishing seasons in May, to avoid conflicts with Mother's Day weekend.

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