Monday, August 20, 2018

Getting Out

Field Notes 1/5/18

Trout streams topic of meeting

State Department of Natural Resources fish manager Joseph Gerbyshak will discuss Eau Claire area trout streams at an upcoming meeting of the Clear Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W. Madison St., Eau Claire. Gerbyshak will talk about trout population surveys in area streams and habitat projects and trout management efforts planned for 2018-19.

The program is free and open to the public.

Trout fishing begins Saturday

MADISON — Wisconsin’s early catch-and-release trout season opens Saturday on hundreds of waters statewide and provides another fishing opportunity to help anglers beat cabin fever.

“The long season offers anglers a great opportunity to try the early trout season if you haven’t before,” said Joanna Griffin, state Department of Natural Resources trout team coordinator.

The season is open on all classified trout streams in 46 counties and there is at least one stream open in 18 other counties. All streams in Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewanee, Manitowoc, Menominee, Outagamie and Winnebago counties are closed.

The season opens at 5 a.m. Saturday and runs until midnight May 4. All anglers are not required to use barbless hooks, but artificial lures and flies are still required. All fish caught must be immediately released.

Anglers who fish during the early catch-and-release season need an inland trout stamp as well as a valid Wisconsin fishing license. The 2017-18 fishing license and stamp are good through March 31. Anglers fishing after that date will need to buy a 2018-19 license to fish during the early season in April and May.

Wisconsin has more than 13,000 miles of trout streams, including more than 5,300 miles of Class 1 trout streams in Wisconsin. Those waters have sufficient natural reproduction to sustain populations of wild trout without stocking.  

For more information about trout fishing in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website,, and search using the keyword “trout.”

Eagle watching event scheduled

MADISON — Wisconsin’s bald eagle watching season kicks off Jan. 12-13 with the 31st annual Bald Eagle Watching Days in Sauk Prairie.

Bald eagle numbers in Wisconsin have recovered since a low of 108 breeding pairs in the 1970s to a record high 1,590 last year. Bald eagles from northern Wisconsin, Canada, northern Michigan and Minnesota move south as the lakes and rivers they live along freeze over. 

For more information about eagles in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website at

From staff reports

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