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Voters approve trolling in the stateSubmitted: 04/17/2014
Story By Joe Dufek


- On Monday, a state-wide votes was held among by the Wisconsin DNR. The biggest question was if anglers and others who enjoy the outdoors would allow trolling of one line regardless of where they are in the state.

The answer was yes.

7,053 people in 72 counties voted ont he measure. State-wide more than 3600 people supported the idea. 2250 were against it.

Monday's Oneida County meeting was held in Rhinelander. It also passed by a 92-77 count.


Other counties supporting the trolling proposal include Lincoln, Florence, Price, and Marinette counties.

Vilas, Marathon, and Iron Counties were among 11 counties in the state rejecting it.

The measure still needs to be approved by the state legislature and signed by the Governor. The earliest state-wide trolling could go into effect would be in July of 2015.

Last year, a similar proposal which would have allowed up to three lines per angler was ultimately rejected.

To find both state and county results, click on the links below.


Related Weblinks:
2014 DNR Spring Rule Hearings - County results
2014 DNR Spring Rule Hearings - State results

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