Fort McCoy News Jan. 22, 2016

Early catch-and-release trout season open at McCoy

Wisconsin's early catch-and-release trout season opened Jan. 2 and continues until midnight May 6. Likewise, Fort McCoy streams and tributaries are open for catch-and-release trout fishing.

"Fort McCoy regulations reference Wisconsin trout regulations so we are concurrent with any changes, including the recently expanded season dates," said Fort McCoy Fisheries Biologist John Noble with the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch.

"Our streams are open to fishing," Noble said, adding that trout fishing in Fort McCoy lakes and ponds also is open until March 6 and then closed until the regular fishing season opens May 7.

Brook trout can be seen swimming in Silver Creek on Fort McCoy's South Post. Silver Creek is one of many trout streams at the installation. Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Only artificial lures may be used during the early catch-and-release trout season, and all fish caught must be released immediately. Noble said the post has approximately 71 miles of cold-water streams and tributaries. To fish on post, the appropriate Fort McCoy permit, state of Wisconsin license and trout stamp are required.

Fishing licenses and permits for 2015 are valid through March 31. On April 1, anglers will be required to have a new 2016 Wisconsin fishing license, trout stamp, and related Fort McCoy permit to fish on post.

Fort McCoy fishing permits are sold through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Automated License Issuance System (ALIS). Permits can be purchased at any authorized WDNR ALIS vendor. A regular Fort McCoy annual fishing permit is $13.

"There are many great trout fishing opportunities available within close proximity of several major roadways at Fort McCoy," Noble said.

"These are areas that are easily accessible and have a good number of brook and brown trout."

Outside Fort McCoy, trout anglers can fish in streams throughout Wisconsin.

More information about inland trout fishing is available online at the WDNR website at For Wisconsin fishing license rates and regulations, visit

Anglers looking for more information about installation fishing regulations should go to the Fort McCoy iSportsman website at, or contact the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Branch.)