- Outdoor sports in the Northwoods draw thousands of people to its lakes, streams, and ponds each year.
This year one of those popular sports seasons will be extended by two weeks.
"Historically inland trout season closed on September 30th, and beginning this year it will be open for another two weeks until October 15th," said DNR Fisheries Biologist John Kubisiak.
The DNR hopes that extra time will give trout fishermen a few more opportunities.
"The main goal was to simplify the number of regulations and number of regulation categories, increase opportunities where we could to try to just make it easier for anglers to get out and fish," said Kubisiak.
Although October brings changes in priority for outdoorsmen across Wisconsin, those extra two weeks may allow dedicated trout fishermen the chance to catch a larger fish.
"I don't think we expect to see a whole lot of fishing effort in early October because a lot of anglers hang up the rods and start chasing other things at that time," said Kubisiak. "So I don't think it's going to be a huge effort impact, but potentially we could see some increased harvests in people being able to find those bigger fish."
For the DNR, allowing the opportunity to catch those bigger fish came with some concern.
One hesitation was allowing fishermen in the water with trout spawning season occurring shortly after.
"It's not open even later than that, because by mid-October trout are coming into spawn and become more susceptible to anglers, so we want to protect those spawning fish, but we thought we could extend the season a little bit," said Kubisiak.
Despite the concerns, the DNR does not expect any problems with trout populations, and it plans to maintain this new statewide season for at least the next couple of years.