If you are a stream trout enthusiast, Fort McCoy is one of the
places in Wisconsin where you can participate in the early
catch-and-release trout season. The early trout season currently is
under way and will conclude Sunday, April 27.
A trout displayed by a Fort McCoy
Fisheries Program employee is one of the fish that can be found
in installation waters.
(File photo by Fort McCoy Fisheries Program)
Ryan Ennis, installation fisheries technician, said that the
2008 trout season should provide excellent opportunities to catch a
lot of trout.
"The 2008 trout season should provide an excellent
opportunity to catch good numbers as well as some larger trout,"
he said. "The overall number of trout per mile of stream on Fort
McCoy has been increasing steadily over the last 10 years, and last
summer we saw a good number of larger Brown Trout ranging from 15 to
22 inches. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used while
fishing for trout during the early catch-and-release season."
The regular open season for trout, including streams, begins at
5 a.m. Saturday, May 3,
and runs through Sept. 30, after which the lakes still will be open
through the first Sunday in March 2009.
All Fort McCoy and State of Wisconsin fishing
regulations/standards must be observed during all fishing events. A
Fort McCoy fishing permit is required with a Wisconsin fishing license
(and trout stamp when fishing for trout).
Permits purchased in 2007 or early 2008 are valid through March
31, after which 2008 permits must be purchased.
"The overall number of trout per mile of stream on Fort
McCoy has been increasing steadily..."
Permits purchased April 1 or later also are valid for the
inland fishing season, and will be valid until March 31, 2009.
Anglers should purchase their fishing permit through the Fort
McCoy Permit Sales office, building 2168, east entrance, until the
installation transitions to
the Automated License Issuance System or "ALIS."
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of
Customer Service Licensing is working with Fort McCoy to make all
permits available on ALIS.
"We are making progress to have Fort McCoy permits
available at any store selling hunting and fishing licenses,"
said John Noble, Fort McCoy's fisheries biologist.
For more information, call the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office
at (608) 388-3337.