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Wisconsin DNR Expands 2016 Trout Catch-and-Release Season

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Trout anglers in Wisconsin will have a longer catch-and-release season in 2016.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) added about two months to the season. Angler feedback and public review contributed to the recent decision.

"We appreciate the angler interest in our world class trout waters and we believe the early catch and release season will provide exciting opportunities while protecting the resource," said Joanna Griffin,  DNR trout specialist. "We hope that by providing more opportunities we will recruit more people to trout fishing and the extended seasons will have a positive impact on the local economies."

The 2016 season will begin Jan 2 at 5 a.m. and run to May 6. Previously, early trout season lasted from March to the end of April.

However, not all state waters will hold the early catch-and-release season. Streams in 46 counties will be open, but eight counties toward the northeastern section of the state will be closed to the season. A map and listing of streams for the early season can be found here.

The 2016 regular trout season will also be longer, by 15 days. The DNR moved the ending date of the season to Oct. 15, instead of Sept. 30.

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Wisconsin DNR Expands 2016 Trout Catch-and-Release Season