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3/23/20 @ 5:23 PM
User since 6/19/15

  Do any one have a clear understanding  of the restrictions?

Called local bait shop he was opening he didn't know about tomorrow..

If we can go for a walk and keep social distance.. Can we go boating 


4/8/20 @ 6:51 PM
User since 6/20/13

Assume some folks on this site go to Lake Erie every year and Ohio has suspended the sale of non-resident licenses for now.  Our group has been fishing Port Clinton area for years but we are postponing our trip this year until things clear up.. There are many folks making a lot bigger sacrifices these days than our group missing out on catching some walleye's (that is how I look at it)..

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) -  In response to the public health situation with COVID-19 and the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Stay at Home Order, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is temporarily suspending the sale of non-resident hunting and fishing licenses until further notice.

4/8/20 @ 5:17 PM
User since 10/24/04

The tribes in northern Wi plan on spearing as soon as the ice is off the lakes. They have declared a harvest of over 55,000 walleyed. (Vilas County News Review 4/08/20). The Lac du Flambeau tribe plans to spear in 11 counties. Ice out on many lakes may fall close to the 4/24 deadline for the Safer at Home order. If that happens it's a non issue.

4/8/20 @ 12:03 PM
User since 1/19/02

Um, Why is the Fox point DePere launch still open?  Just stupid.  Shut it down.  The amount of people there is insane not to mention all who come from out of town/ different states.  Are people really that selfish & inconsiderate?  Stay the hell home & wait this thing out.  Or; go find a secluded place to fish, do some yard work, or go for a walk if you need to get outside.

4/8/20 @ 11:00 AM
User since 6/15/01

Ugh. Thanks for update Doc.  Yeah. The precedent is probably set.  

4/8/20 @ 10:51 AM
MEMBER since 6/22/01

Here in Dane County they're waiting to add the piers in the launches, but you're still allowed to use the accesses.  Some have piers in year-round, so those launches have been busy.  Shore fishing I see people sitting right next to each other while fishing.  Grandparents with their grand kids, friends next to friends, teenagers next to teenagers.  Personally when it gets too crowded where I'm fishing I leave, and also I'm going alone right now.  I'm not taking my kids, and I'm not going with a friend.  Wish others would do that same.  I see a lot of people coming here from Milwaukee right now.  They've told me, so that's why I know.  

4/8/20 @ 8:21 AM
User since 10/4/06

Well, I guess I was wrong about Counties closing public launches.

Also shut down ATV use on roads and public trails.  

Not clear if privately owned launches are allowed to be used in Oconto Co.  

What county will act next?  Brown?  Winnebago?

4/8/20 @ 8:05 AM
MEMBER since 8/5/05

Here are some pertinent sections from the statute:

NOW THEREFORE, under the authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02(3) and (6) and all powers vested in me through Executive Order #72, and at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, I, Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, order the following: 1. Stay at home or place of residence. All individuals present within the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, with exceptions outlined below. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces other than their home or residence, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person consistent with Social Distancing Requirements as defined below, except that they do not need to maintain social distancing between family members in a single living unit or household members. All persons may leave their homes or residences only for the following functions as are defined in this Order: a. Essential Activities (defined in section 11); b. Essential Governmental Functions (defined in section 12); c. To operate Essential Businesses and Operations (defined in section 13); d. To perform non-essential Minimum Basic Operations (defined in section 14); e. Essential Travel (defined in section 15); and f. Special Situations (defined in section 8, 9, and 10). 

a. Essential Activities (defined in section 11); b. Essential Governmental Functions (defined in section 12); c. To operate Essential Businesses and Operations (defined in section 13); d. To perform non-essential Minimum Basic Operations (defined in section 14); e. Essential Travel (defined in section 15); and f. Special Situations (defined in section 8, 9, and 10).

From section 15:

f. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside Wisconsin. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of Wisconsin remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.

So as I see it, by the letter of the law, fishing is not an essential activity, yet the DNR says it is OK. Non-residents are only addressed about returning to their residence, so it appears they can come to our state and run amuck....except that IL has a stay at home order as well. Clear as mud, but the intent is clear for people of common sense. Others, well they are going to do what they want anyway.


4/8/20 @ 8:00 AM
User since 2/8/06

BB83 - I would like to add to your comments. I retired and moved to Wisconsin after working in the construction field for over forty years. I worked on some of the bigger construction jobs in and around the Chicago area. Every job site had quite a few Wisconsin people that would travel from their home state and work in Illinois. At no time did I ever hear anybody tell them that they shouldn’t be there. 

There are thousands of Wisconsin residents that hold union cards in other states. Even when the work was slow I never heard anyone say that they should stay and work in their own state. 

We still live in a country with open boarders between states and are free to go anywhere and do anything. It’s very hypocritical to say that others should not come here and enjoy the outdoors when they go to another state to earn a living. 

So practice what you preach because life is a two way street.

4/8/20 @ 6:50 AM
User since 12/10/18

Everyone likes to complain about out of state fisherman...but it’s ok for people from out of state to come work on a daily basis, but god forbid them from bringing a rod and reel to go fish during lunch break right!  Sometimes out of state can still be your community.

4/7/20 @ 6:53 PM
User since 3/26/20

Since there is some confusion, can some one point out in the Wisconsin Safer At Home Mandate where/what is written that would prevent out of state people from coming to Wisconsin to fish?

Not looking for a opinion but looking for the specific paragraph within the mandate that would address this.

I have read the mandate 3 times, the second and third time just to refresh myself of the mandate. I only see that it is O.K. as long as they practice the social distancing rule.

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