The Wisconsin general inland waters fishing season will begin
Saturday, May 3 at Fort McCoy.
|Members of the
Wisconsin Conservation Corps conduct fish population surveys at
the North Flowage to support the installation's fisheries
program. (Photo by Rob
"I expect there will be some great opportunities to catch
fish," said John Noble, installation fisheries biologist.
"There will be some monster-sized fish swimming around out
here, and they're just waiting for someone to catch them."
encourages potential anglers to get the necessary state licenses or
permits and Fort McCoy permits early.
Fort McCoy permits are on sale at the Permit Sales Office,
building 103, or via mail. Hunting and fishing applications are available by e-mailing
the Permit Sales office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by going to the Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil
to assist with obtaining fishing permits by mail. Permits
obtained through the mail must be paid for with money order or
guaranteed bank instruments. Personnel
purchasing permits at the Permit Sales Office also can pay cash. No
personal checks are accepted.
The Permit Sales Office is open weekdays from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Questions can be directed to (608) 388-3337.
Fort McCoy permits also are scheduled to be available for
purchase at Fort McCoy's Outdoor Recreation, Building 8053 at the Pine
View Campground beginning May 1.
State licenses will not yet be available on post
as the installation looks
into details related to getting "A.L.I.S." (Automated
License Issuance System) at an alternate location in the future, Noble
said. State licenses or
permits can be purchased in local communities or through the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).
Information about state licenses or permits is available online
or by calling (877) 945-4236 (877-WI-LICENSE).
McCoy anglers will have two new regulations governing installation
fishing policies for largemouth bass at the North Flowage and panfish
at West Sandy Lake this year, Noble said.
The North Flowage now has a largemouth bass bag limit of two
fish, where only one bass larger than 22-inches may be kept.
Fish in-between the 15 and the 22-inch slot length limit cannot
be kept. So anglers could
theoretically keep two bass less than 15 inches or one under 15 inches
and one longer than 22 inches if they elect to do so.
Largemouth bass longer than 22 inches should not be eaten due
to fish health advisories. Guidance related to fish health advisories are available at
the Permit Sales Office, posted at the North Flowage lake sign and
available through Wisconsin DNR Offices.
West Sandy will have a 10-panfish bag limit.
These fish (perch, bluegill, and/or crappie) must be a minimum
length of eight inches.
These regulation changes should help improve the overall
quality of the North Flowage and West Sandy fisheries.
Details are available through handouts at the Permit Sales
Office and will be available online when finalized, he said.
The installation will have stocked approximately 14,000 rainbow
trout by the start of the fishing season, he said.
All anglers fishing on Fort McCoy are required to have a 5x8
card posted on the dashboard of their windshields and contain the
names of everyone in a vehicle..
fish have been marked with blue, numbered tags that are being tracked
for fish-management purposes. The
tag numbers can be reported by calling (608) 388-2252 or by recording
the length and tag number on fish harvest cards, which are located at
several of the Fort McCoy lake signs.
Anglers also are requested to respect soldiers' priorities in
training areas, including around waterways, Noble said.
If anglers encounter soldiers training, they are encouraged to
find other fishing areas.
The game line at (608) 388-GAME (4263) will have up-to-date
fishing and hunting access information.
It is important to call the game line to know if Fort McCoy
has any special operation that may effect angling opportunities
for a specific location.
Anglers are expected to abide by all Fort McCoy rules and
regulations. Noble said
anyone who observes suspicious behavior or violations, for example,
littering, moving fish to another location or engaging in illegal
activities such as over bagging fish, should report the activities to
the Directorate of Training, Mobilization and Security
Protective Services Division at (608) 388-2266.