DNR to Decide on Statewide Trolling RuleSubmitted: 02/19/2013
Story By Ryan Abney

RHINELANDER - Some people who fish like trolling--where a boat motor pulls them slowly across the water while they fish.

But that technique is only used on five bodies of water in Oneida County. In April—the D-N-R will decide whether to make it legal on every lake in Wisconsin.

Rhinelander Fishery Biologist John Kubisiak can tell you plenty of reasons why the fishing method is controversial.

For the Northwoods-- it's a matter of tradition.

"People in different parts of the state see trolling differently. Especially in Oneida and Vilas County, people have not been in favor of trolling because when those new-fangled gas-powered motors came about they thought that it was not a fair method to chase fish."

Even though there's some friction with the art of trolling, Kubisiak thinks the trolling rule will pass. But either way the proposal goes, he knows you can't please everyone.

"If you don't allow trolling you'll have people who would like to troll, or doing things that are considered trolling and basically breaking the law. If you do allow it you have potentially increased user conflicts especially on our smaller waters. It just depends on how extensive and how much people use it."

To find out how to give your opinion on trolling before the annual meetings on April 8th, visit the DNR's web link below.

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