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Northwoods warden offers reminders ahead of Saturday's fishing openerSubmitted: 05/06/2016
WOODRUFF - Anglers across the Northwoods will hit the lakes for Saturday's fishing opener.

That's why Department of Natural Resources wardens want to remind them about safety and bag limits before going out.

Hook and line fishing for most species will start Saturday, but season dates can vary by species of fish and the lake you're on.

That's why you should look for postings at boat landings.

"This year we implemented on 94 lakes some special Pan fish regulations to hopefully improve the size structure of the Pan fish, and those signs will be posted if there's anything specific to that lake if anything has changed," said DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz.

The fishing opener is also the kick-off for boating season in the Northwoods.

You should have a wearable life jacket for everybody on your boat.

Boats longer than 16 feet also need a life preserver that can be thrown into the water.

Even though the ice is gone and temps are warming up, it's also important to remember the water is still cold.

"We still have water temperatures in the 40s yet, so you take a dip into the water, you know, you're going to gasp and that could be one of the worst things when you go into the water," Walz said.

This year, you'll be able buy your license on the DNR's new "Go Wild" website. That means you won't have to go to a store to buy a license.

You can print off as many paper copies as you'd like. You can also access digital versions on your smart phone.

"They can have it saved as a PDF file on their smart phone or they can have it added onto their driver's license or a conservation card that they can purchase for $3.50," Walz said.

Paper copies could still be required depending on where you're fishing.

"The wardens from Michigan, or another state, they don't have access to our Go Wild system or the app on their phones, so on the boundary waters there's a provision that everybody has to carry the paper copy," Walz said.

For more information on rules and bag limits, you can visit the DNR's website at the link below.

Related Weblinks:
Wisconsin DNR Fishing Information

Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi

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