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A proposed rule allowing motor trolling on all state inland waters is not likely to be ready for the opening day of fishing on May 2.

DNR Fisheries Management Specialist Tim Simonson says all the legislature still needs to act...

"....it's probably not going to be in effect given the timelines for the legislative review. It's probably going to be at the very earliest mid to late May...."

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Persons working in the woods might see an easier time getting a temporary permit to cross a public waterway. The DNR has opened a comment period on the permit changes.

DNR specialist Martin Griffin says people doing forest management would be affected. He says the proposed temporary in-stream crossing general permit modifies existing standards for temporary structures and allows for placement of additional types of crossings....

 

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Starting later this year there will be some changes for snowmobile registration in Wisconsin.

DNR Administrator Gary Eddy..

 

".....that will go from $30 every two years to $30 every three years and in addition to that, all snowmobiles operating in Wisconsin will be required to display an annual Wisconsin trail pass. That is separate from your registration...."

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Minocqua is one site of three picked by the DNR to get public input on proposed rules to limit the number of panfish taken on 110 lakes, including many in the Northwoods.

Fisheries Manager Section Chief Steve Hewett says the proposed regulations include on some lakes, anglers could keep 25 panfish, but no more than 10 of one species..another option is 15 total fish, but no more than 5 of any species, or 25 but no more than five could be over 7 inches.
Hewett says fishing pressure on the easier-to-catch panfish has led them to notice a trend..

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While wet conditions continue from a snowy winter and a cold, wet spring, a DNR ranger says don't be lulled into thinking the fire danger isn't there.

DNR Forester/Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says the time prior to 'green up' or the time prior to plants having new leaves, is a time when fire danger can be high. Even though it's been damp, he says things can change quickly...

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About nine million syringe users nationwide administer three billion injections outside of health care facilities. The DNR is hoping Wisconsin's syringe users remember it's the law to not throw them in the trash.

Barb Bickford is Medical Waste Coordinator for the DNR....

 

"....it's illegal to put sharps in the trash. They should put them in containers that are thick-walled and have screw-on caps, an official sharps container or a bleach bottle or detergent bottle. Then they should mark them with the words, 'do not recycle' or 'sharps'...."

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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 this week 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 59-hundred sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question. It's been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin.

Kari-Lee Zimmerman is the DNR's Conservation Congress Liason....

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Lead fishing tackle won’t be allowed on three lakes in Vilas County.  Starting April 1st, the DNR is prohibiting any tackle containing lead on Escanaba, Nebish and Pallette lakes.   All three are research lakes in the Northern Highland American Legion state forest.

DNR fisheries research scientist Greg Sass is based at the Escanaba Research Station in Boulder Junction.  He says small pieces of lead like split shot and jig head can be harmful to wildlife like loons. 

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Wisconsin's publicly registered snowmobile total is approaching a quarter-million and Northwoods registrations have increased by 163 percent since 2002.

The state last week released data on the number of registrations in Wisconsin. Oneida and Vilas are among the top five counties registering snowmobiles.

The DNR's Cathy Burrow says this region has seen a large growth in snowmobile registrations...

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Though winter is holding on with a vice-like grip, the DNR is reminding those with ice shacks that it's not long until they need to be removed from lakes and rivers.

DNR Conservation Warden Tom Van Haren says the middle of March is a key time to remember....

 

"....for most waters, there's a north-south line in the state...Highway 64 is the dividing line. If you're north of the Highway 64 line then you have to have your permanent shelters removed beginning the first Sunday afte March 12 each year.....

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