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  April 22, 2011

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Inland fishing season to begin at McCoy May 7

The 2011 Fort McCoy inland fishing season begins at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Among the changes in regulations is a reduced trout limit at Silver Creek to help ensure all anglers have a chance to catch fish, said John Noble, Fort McCoy installation fisheries biologist.
PHOTO: Ryan Ennis (with net) and Steve Rood, contracted fisheries technicians with Colorado State University, conduct fish surveys at Fort McCoy’s Squaw Lake. Photo by Rob Schuette
Ryan Ennis (with net) and Steve Rood, contracted fisheries technicians with Colorado State University, conduct fish surveys at Fort McCoy’s Squaw Lake. The surveys indicated a good population of pan fish in the body of water. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

In accordance with the Wisconsin Regulation for Ranch Creek, a tributary of Clear Creek on North Post, anglers may keep three trout of a minimum size of 9 inches in length. For a section of Silver Creek from the West Silver Wetland to the western boundary of Fort McCoy, as noted in the Fort McCoy Fishing Regulation, anglers may keep three trout that are a minimum size of 7 inches in length. At all other lakes and streams, anglers can keep five trout that are a minimum length of 7 inches, he said.

Additionally, gear use on the Silver Creek stretch is restricted to artificial lures to target brook and brown trout, Noble said. Silver Creek has had extensive habitat work completed in conjunction with the special regulation, which has allowed the trout fishery to reach record population levels.

Angling opportunities are excellent at Fort McCoy, he said. Noble said the Fisheries Program hopes to continue the momentum of the excellent angling conditions reported by anglers during the early trout catch-and-release season, which is under way and ends at midnight Sunday, May 1.

Fishing at Fort McCoy is open to the public, Noble said. Anyone who wants to fish on the installation will need valid Fort McCoy and state fishing permits/licenses.

Wisconsin fishing licenses and Fort McCoy fishing permits must be purchased through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Automated License Issuance System (ALIS). ALIS locations are available at retail and/or sporting goods stores throughout the state as well as Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground, building 8053, which is open to the public, and at the Fort McCoy Exchange, building 1538, which is open to authorized military personnel.

Noble said anglers must be aware training has priority for land/water use. To check on an area’s availability, call the Fort McCoy Game Line at 608-388-4263. Even when a particular fishing area is open, troops may be training on or near that location. Anglers must respect the training mission and move to another one of Fort McCoy’s angling locations, he said.

Fort McCoy follows the Wisconsin fishing laws, such as the requirement for anglers to have state fishing licenses and trout stamps (when fishing for trout), and also has several unique regulations designed to enhance fishing experiences, Noble said. Special regulations are in place at the North Flowage, West Sandy Lake and as noted for Silver Creek.

A list of the regulations, along with lake information, is available at the Fort McCoy Welcome Center, building 35, Permit Sales, building 2168, and at Pine View Campground. Fishing regulations (not including the maps) also can be printed from the website http://www.mccoy.army.mil under the Recreation Opportunities section.

Noble said Fort McCoy will participate in this year’s statewide free fishing weekend, June 4-5. Anglers will not need licenses/permits, but all other state and installation regulations will apply.

For more information about fishing opportunities at Fort McCoy, call the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337.

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