Here'sthe page from the 2018-2018 Wis. Fishing regs.
I was out last weekend. Most guys driving trucks. There was a lot of ice, most places it was close to auger head. Plowed rd to Indian bay. Once you ventured off road, there were some nasty drifts and in places lots of slush. Fishing sucked. Marked very few, if you did mark one they hit, but I probably marked 6 fish out of 40 holes
I’m offended by this new rule. I’m a troller at heart. My girlfriend and kids love it as well. It’s an easy way to enjoy a day in the boat with my family. No bait, no kids tangled in everything no problems. Just a relaxing way to produce fish. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy jigging and casting also.
It's not an if, the new and current rule is: Trolling by motor or sail, 1 line/hook/lure per person with a maximum of 3 lines per boat. That's county wide. Check the new 2018-19 regs, there's no longer an exemption on the Willow, Rainbow or any other lake in the 7 counties that follow the 1 line per person rule.
And i agree that trolling isn't a sure fire method to catch fish. It's one of the methods we can utilize to catch fish. And please don't presume that because a person enjoys trolling, they only do it to keep a limit. I enjoy jigging the most, but when you can't find the fish jigging or slip bobbering, or the bite slows down, you could rig up and troll. I still throw just as many back trolling as i would jigging. Also, myself, and nearly everyone i know who trolls, use an electric bow mount or a four-stroke outboard. No noise. Certainly far less than a ski boat or pontoon cruising at 12mph.
Finally, I also agree that some people have a stigma against trolling. I used to as well. But then i tried it, learned how it works, and I now enjoy it. It's still my preference to cast baits or jig, but if that's not working, a nice slow cruise, towing some lines can make for an enjoyable afternoon. And we've been allowed to on the Willow for 25 years... it hasn't killed the fishery, why would it start to now!?