Wisconsin trout hatcheries are busy as they prepare for the season to open May 5.
The numbers are great for fishermen anticipating the opening of regular fishing season. Officials are stocking a total of 275,000 rainbow trout, 200,000 brown trout, 215,000 brook trout and 50,000 lake trout in 400 different bodies of water.
Similarly, the “catchable-size” trout come from one of three hatcheries. These hatcheries include Nevin Fish Hatchery, Osceola Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Hatchery. You can find the entire list of waters where trout stocking takes place on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.
Additionally, officials will stock 70,000 fish in urban fishing waters, ponds and small lakes to provide opportunities for children and fishing clinics. This is an effort to get someone fishing for what might be their first time. Most of these waters have no length limit for kids. This special opportunity season runs March 10-April 27. These same waters, however, enforce bag limits of three trout, one gamefish and 10 panfish.
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