The Fort McCoy fishing season will begin Saturday, May 3. This
also is the beginning of the Wisconsin general inland waters season,
which runs concurrently with Fort McCoy's fishing season.
"We know anglers enjoyed some great ice fishing and expect
more of the same this spring (during) the early catch-and-release
season and for the regular (fishing) season, beginning May 3,"
said John Noble, installation fisheries biologist.
Fort McCoy Fisheries Program
personnel conduct surveys at the North Flowage to help determine
the number of fish in the body of water. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Noble said anglers must purchase Fort McCoy permits and state
licenses, which are required to fish at Fort McCoy.
Fort McCoy fishing permits are available for sale at the Permit
Sales Office, building 2168, South 8th Avenue (east entrance) or via
mail. Applications also may be printed at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/RecreationOpportunities/
The Permit Sales Office is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Questions can be directed to
Fort McCoy fishing permits also are available at the Pine View
Recreation Area, building 8053.
and trout stamps (when fishing for trout) are required to fish at Fort
"We know anglers enjoyed some great ice fishing and expect
more of the same this spring (during) the early
catch-and-release season and for the regular (fishing) season,
beginning May 3."
Fort McCoy Fisheries Biologist
contest to run May 3-Sept. 1
The Pine View Recreation Area
Campground will host its annual fishing contest from Saturday,
May 3-Monday, Sept. 1.
The contest is open to the public. All fish must be
caught in Fort McCoy waters, registered at the Campgrounds
Office, building 8053, within 24 hours and can't be
Anglers must follow all applicable Fort McCoy and state
regulations and possess State of Wisconsin and Fort McCoy
Personnel can purchase all of these items at the Pine
View Campgrounds Office. The Fort McCoy fishing licenses/permits
can be bought over the counter, with applicable surcharges.
Pine View has an Automated License Issuance System (ALIS),
which can be used to purchase state hunting licenses/permits,
park system passes, trapping permits, All-Terrain Vehicle and
Snowmobile trail passes, etc.
Participants in the Fort McCoy fishing contest can enter
fish in one of six categories, which are: large mouth bass,
rainbow trout, crappie, cat fish, bull head and blue gill.
Prizes will be awarded by weight and limited to one per
A first- and
second-place prize will be awarded in each category.
For more information, call Pine View at (608)
These can be
purchased at Pine View, the Post Exchange, building 1538, locally in
Sparta or Tomah wherever fishing and hunting supplies are sold, or
through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).
Fort McCoy is working with the WDNR Bureau of Customer Service
Licensing to offer installation fishing permits on "A.L.I.S."
(Automated License Issuance System) later this year. Once that is
operational, anglers will be able to purchase Fort McCoy permits
wherever they purchase their state licenses.
about state licenses is available online at http://www.dnr.state.wi.us
or by calling (877) 945-4236 (877-WI-LICENSE).
If anglers aren't sure they want to invest in a fishing permit
for Fort McCoy, they're welcome to fish installation waters for free
during Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday, June 7-Sunday, June
"This is a great time to fish Fort McCoy without a fee and
see why you should fish here more often!" Noble said.
While Fort McCoy anglers are required to follow state
regulations, they also should be aware that Fort McCoy has several
unique regulations designed to enhance their fishing experience.
Anglers should take note of the special regulations in place at
the North Flowage, West Sandy Lake, and at Silver Creek near the
Sparta-Fort McCoy airport, he said.
In addition to having the proper fishing license and permits,
all angers fishing on Fort McCoy are required to have a five-inch by
eight-inch index-type card posted on the dashboard of their vehicles
that contains the names of everyone in the vehicle, activity
(fishing), and emergency phone contact.
Fort McCoy fisheries personnel continue to tag fish. According
to Ryan Ennis, fish technician, "Tagging fish allows us to
collect information on growth rates, population estimates, harvest
rates, and fish movements within a lake or stream system. The more
information we have, the better we can manage these fish
Anglers are encouraged to help by reporting the fish length,
tag number and location caught by calling (608) 388-2252 or by
recording the length and tag number on fish harvest cards, which are
located at several Fort McCoy lake signs. Interested anglers can
provide their name and telephone numbers in addition to this
information if they wish to learn more about their fish's life
The fisheries program staff members also conduct angler surveys
to learn who uses Fort McCoy's lakes and streams. Creel surveys inform
the fisheries biologist about fishing pressure, harvest, and anglers'
Steve Rood (right) and Joe Krahn
(Fisheries Program technicians) weigh, measure and mark bass and
bluegill fish at North Flowage in advance of the Fort McCoy
inland fishing season. (Photo
by Rob Schuette) (The Real McCoy Online Extra)
Anglers must remember that Fort McCoy's main mission is
training Soldiers, who have priority in training areas including
around waterways, Noble said. Anglers may be required to leave an
area, experience road detours, or be required to wait for activities
to be completed.
location anglers may encounter increased military training is at Big
Sandy Lake, which has been upgraded to support the Army's
activities such as bridging and rafting, anglers may need to enjoy
their fishing at other Fort McCoy lakes, Noble said.
The Fort McCoy Game Line at (608) 388-GAME (4263) will have
up-to-date fishing access information. Anglers are encouraged to call
the Game Line before fishing at Fort McCoy to find out if there are
any special military training activities that may affect fishing at a
specific location. Anglers are required to follow all McCoy rules and
Noble requests that anyone who observes suspicious behavior or
violations, for example, littering, moving fish to another location,
or engaging in illegal activities such as overbagging fish, to report
the activities to the Police Department Desk at (608) 388-2266.
(Story submitted by Fort McCoy Fisheries