When do you think the gamefish season should open/close?

3/2/13 @ 8:25 AM
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n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
The "first weekend" in March may not always be the reg we fish under down the road for gamefish. Other states do it differently and even in Wisconsin there is some talk of looking into other options. My proposal would be to have a continuous statewide open season, (other than musky) but catch and release from after the first weekend in March until the first weekend in May. I think this would be a good compromise and keep most people happy. How bout' you?
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4/6/15 @ 3:31 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
I think if gamefish were open all year, there would still not be a huge amount of guys fishing during March and April. For one, the ice gets iffy. Plus, in March, it's still before most species are spawning anyways, at least up here. Then, once the ice goes off, the weather isn't that great. Most, don't want to be in a boat when it's 45 degrees and super windy with a drizzle in the air. Just look at all the boats off the water after Labor Day every year. Majority fish from a boat from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And, at least for pike, I find them very hard to catch once that ice first goes off. It's so unpredictable where they are and what they are doing.

So, I don't think the effect would be that great, but the big thing is that people would have more, not less opportunities to catch fish. And, that's a good thing in my opinion. If harvest is the concern, just make it catch and release.

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4/6/15 @ 2:26 PM
centralwiwalleyeslayer2
centralwiwalleyeslayer2
USER since 2/15/10
i fish tip ups for walleye after season closes of course i am on waters where its open year round

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3/30/15 @ 9:00 AM
Ulbian
Ulbian
USER since 9/24/03
"we haven't been able to fish tip ups on pretty much all the lakes for the last month."

Yes you can. Use tip-ups for panfish. It's extremely effective and a boatload of fun which allows you to cover water with incredible efficiency.

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3/29/15 @ 8:29 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
The DNR rep that I've discussed this issue with told me that there is no clear evidence right now that a continuous open season would harm the fishery. I think some states do have open season year round. We are just used to what we've always had. Maybe it's the best solution-what we have right now... Maybe not. I just look at the certain lakes in southern Wi that are open year round, and some are thriving. Maybe there is a compromise out there, but it seems unfortunate to me that there's 17 inches of ice up here as of today and we haven't been able to fish tip ups on pretty much all the lakes for the last month. I really don't think the fish are spawning on the same schedule as they are in southern Wi, but the regs are very similar. Keep it open till the end of March north of HWY 10. Or, give us a few lakes up here open year round, like they do in southern Wi. Just my opinion.

Edited on 3/29/15 8:31 PM
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3/29/15 @ 6:07 PM
mostlyfishing
mostlyfishing
USER since 6/7/13
I would be fine with a catch and release season during what right now is the closed season for game fish. I would also like to see and catch and releases season for muskys on lakes were almost 100% of the muskys are stocked… example : sliver lake in kenosha county

Edited on 3/29/15 6:13 PM
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3/9/15 @ 9:37 AM
Prop
Prop
USER since 4/9/03
I love it the way it is. This is my panfish season and my favorite time to ice fish. Lake pretty much to myself no more shanty's scattered all over and best of all no tip ups taking up a huge area.

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3/9/15 @ 8:31 AM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01
The majority of the lakes in Southern Wisconsin do not have natural reproduction, according to a seminar I attended by the DNR. The fish are stocked for fishermen to catch and eat. That's one of many reasons why there's a 26 inch size limit for northerns and you rarely catch one much bigger than that. Because of this, I am totally in favor of keeping the seasons open year-round, especially in the southern half of the state. Up north where there is natural reproduction, maybe closing the season from April 1st to May 15th would work.

On another topic, I sure wish we could keep more 24 inch northerns. I'd be in favor of a slot limit on all gamefish species as well, but this topic would be tricky because each lake would have to be different, depending on how the fish grow in the lake.

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3/6/15 @ 8:30 AM
crossbow davio
crossbow davio
USER since 2/22/05
changing the rules wont make them more difficult just different again look at deer hunting regs if you want difficult plus its not that people can't read the regulations its that they are too lazy i read the thing from cover to cover every year its not that hard to do i do skip the specific county rules UNLESS i am going to a new lake it only takes a little bit of time the rule books are free so there is no excuse people just need to put down their smart phones or give up a few minutes of youtube or whatever. personally i have too many friends who rely on me to know the rules for them if they are at my house i hand them the little book otherwise i tell them to look it up on the dnr website its free also no sign up or account needed just log on and click your way thru if you are not computer savvy then next time you are somewhere that sells licenses go pick up a rule book its not that hard

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3/5/15 @ 3:51 PM
fltlndr
fltlndr
USER since 12/25/02
Leave it the way it is. People can't read the rule book now. We sure as hell don't need to make it any more difficult.

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3/5/15 @ 3:34 PM
n.pike
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USER since 4/2/02
If the pike regulations are 5 fish and no size up here, and 2 fish 26 inch-down south....and people can work with that and understand it..

Then, I don't think it would be too confusing to extend the season up here for a few more weeks. The fish can't be spawning in the south and the north at the same time. It's a different fishery up here and completely different climate. I know the DNR wants to simplify regs, but I don't think two different seasons is that difficult to work with since the north/south dividing line has been established already.

There's a lot of ice up here right now and will continue to be. Maybe a catch and release compromise makes sense. People have had all winter to harvest, and if you make it catch and release, the numbers of people will diminish on the ice and it will have little impact on the fishery. It just would be a nice option to have. If Puckaway can thrive on a 32 inch year round open season, I'm sure the 1,000 plus lakes up here can handle an extra two weeks or so of catch and release. If Michigan can be open till March 15, I think Wi can too. Just my opinion and I have talked with my local DNR rep. and he thinks the season is too short as well.

Edited on 3/5/15 3:34 PM
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