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Catch-and-release trout season under way

Fort McCoy is participating in the early catch-and-release trout season, which is under way and will run through midnight Sunday, April 26.

The March 7 opening day of the early catch-and-release trout season was the latest date it can be by law — and that may well benefit Wisconsin anglers, said Larry Claggett, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) coldwater ecologist. The early season is catch-and-release, and only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used while fishing for any species of fish on trout streams. Most trout streams are open to early fishing with the exception of most Lake Superior tributaries and most streams in northeast Wisconsin; check the 2008-2009 Trout Fishing Regulations pamphlet for specific waters.

Applications for fall quota hunts available

Fort McCoy 2009 Fall Quota Hunting Season applications now are available.

The seasons include gun-deer, cantonment archery, muzzle loader and fall turkey.

Applications can be picked up at the Permit Sales Office, building 2168, or downloaded and printed off the Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil, by clicking on Recreation Opportunities, Fishing and Hunting, Applications and Fall Hunting Applications.

Applications can be postmarked beginning Monday, March 30.

For more information, call the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

John Noble, Fort McCoy fisheries biologist, said state licenses and installation fishing permits are required even though fish must be released.

Anglers who participate in the early catch-and-release season at Fort McCoy must follow all regulations in place at the state and installation levels. Fort McCoy fishing permits expire March 31, 2009, which coincides with the Wisconsin fishing license end date.

Noble reports quality fishing on Fort McCoy streams in 2009. He said, "Best bets for bigger fish are the lower stream sections on the La Crosse River, Silver and Tarr Creek. Brown trout are most abundant, but Silver Creek offers the best opportunity for those who target brook trout."

Anglers can find tips for fishing techniques during the early season and information on the fish populations in some of the state’s popular early season waters that are available on the early trout season Web site at http://dnr.wi.gov/fish/seasons/earlytrout.htm.

For those who would rather wait for the inland fishing season to enjoy fishing with the approval to harvest fish to keep and eat, this season begins Saturday, May 2.

Those interested in fishing Fort McCoy will be able to obtain their 2009-2010 Fishing License and Fort McCoy fishing permit approval and trout stamp from any Automated License Issuance System "ALIS" agent.

These licenses are available for purchase and are good from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

For more information about fishing in the Fort McCoy community, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 or the Fisheries Biologist Office at 608-388-5796.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Fisheries Biologist Office.)



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