Trout anglers will find new maps, fewer tackle
regulations, and dozens of new trout waters in the early trout season,
which is under way and runs through April 25.
John Noble, Fort McCoy fisheries biologist, said Fort McCoy will
participate in the season. Anglers must follow state and Fort McCoy
Anglers must have a license from the last inland fishing season, which
is valid through March 31, or purchase a new one. Effective April 1, all
anglers will be required to purchase a new license.
“One of the bigger changes during this season is that anglers will not
be required to use barbless hooks, although they still must use
artificial lures and flies,” Noble said. “They can catch any type of
trout, but they must release it back to the stream.”
The catch-and-release season is confined to stream fishing. Noble said
the major streams at Fort McCoy are Tarr Creek, Silver Creek and the La
Crosse River. Maps of state waters, including Monroe County and Fort
McCoy streams, are available at
Noble said the Fort McCoy fishing regulation and related information is
http://www.mccoy.army.mil by clicking on Recreation Opportunities,
Fishing and Hunting, and Overview and Permit Information. Printed copies
of regulations are available at the Welcome Center, building 35.
Fishing permits and licenses, including Fort McCoy trout permits, can be
bought at any facility that has an Automatic License Issuance System
(ALIS), Noble said.
At Fort McCoy, these are located at Pine View Recreation Area, building
8053, and the Main Post Exchange (for military personnel only), building
If the snow covering remains, access to some streams may be more
difficult. Noble said access to Fort McCoy streams is good.
The cold, snowy winter has been good for the trout, replenishing the
groundwater that feeds the streams with the cold, clean water the trout
need, added Larry Claggett, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(WDNR) trout specialist.
Improved habitat leads to increased natural reproduction, said Dave
Vetrano, WDNR Fisheries Team supervisor.
“Better land use — more hillside vegetation and better cropping
practices — allows more rain water and snowmelt to seep into the
groundwater. These increase flows, which result in colder summer
temperatures and warmer winter temperatures. This gives the wild trout
we stock a much better chance to begin to reproduce on their own,” he
Noble said anglers are encouraged to use the early trout season to
prepare for the 2010 Inland Fishing Season, which will begin May 1.
For more information about fishing or fishing regulations at Fort McCoy,
contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office, building 2168, at
(Some information in this story is from a Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources news release.)