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Field reports: Wisconsin to allow inland trolling beginning in 2015

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Under a rule modified Wednesday by Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board, trolling would be allowed beginning in 2015 on inland waters, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Under the rule:

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* Trolling would be legal with at least one line per angler on all inland waters in Wisconsin.

* In 55 counties in the state, all inland waters would be open to trolling with up to three lines per angler.

* In the remaining 17 counties — on waters not currently open to trolling — trolling would be allowed but would be limited to one line per angler and no more than two lines per boat, which means no more than two anglers trolling at a time. Counties included are Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Iron, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oneida, Ozaukee, Sawyer, Sheboygan, Vilas, Washington and Waushara.

The board also added a three-year sunset clause meaning the new rule, which would take effect in 2015 pending legislative review, will revert to the current rule in 2018 unless the board takes additional action.

The proposal to allow trolling statewide with at least one line per angler was supported at the spring fish and game rule hearings by a majority of individuals and by 61 of the state’s 72 counties.

Zebra mussels found in Crooked Lake near Finland

An aluminum can encrusted with zebra mussels was found recently at Crooked Lake near Finland in Lake County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, indicating the foreign invader has apparently moved into another Northland lake. The discovery was reported by biologists from the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa, who retrieved the can while conducting a fish survey on the lake.

So far, follow-up searches have not found any additional zebra mussels. But the DNR, Fond du Lac Band and U.S. Forest Service are assuming the worst, and are officially declaring the lake as an infested water.

Volunteer for trail work

As part of National Trails Day, DXC (Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club) will do trail maintenance on the Lester-Amity ski trails. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Meet at Lester Park at the bottom parking lot off Lester River Road and Superior Street for trail brushing work. Tools will be provided. For more information, email Andre Watt at trails@duluthxc.com.

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