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DNR pushing statewide motor trolling


By Kurt Krueger

VILAS County’s long-held disdain for motor trolling is being pushed aside by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the agency is calling for a statewide vote to legalize trolling everywhere.

The so-called experts claim in the pamphlet assembled for the spring fish and game hearings in April that trolling is allowed in many Wisconsin waters and surrounding states “with no known adverse effects.”

That’s a pretty bold statement for an agency that has been told previously about adverse social impacts involving motor trolling on small inland waters — lakes being shared by anglers, boaters, windsurfers, waterskiers and swimmers.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:38 PM
Last Updated on Monday, March 24, 2014 9:20 AM


0 #3 2013-04-06 16:11
I support motorized trolling, I have been told several times that once I put the electric motor in the water with live suckers rigs out is trolling, I disagree. I would never keep a musky, buth I support Vilas county every year fishing muskies, I have fished in other areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan without problems, wouldn't expect it to be an issue here.
0 #2 2013-02-24 23:00
I support statewide trolling... does anyone really feel this practice will gather more fish? I find fishing the shallower shoreline/weeds has a much better potential for catching fish than cruising the deeper waters. While a FEW fish 'might' be taken trolling, a greater percentage will be caught in the normal method...
0 #1 2013-02-13 22:13
Where is the sport in motor trolling? Is everyone in such a big hurry to catch fish that they can't sit still and enjoy the beauty around them? I say NO to motor trolling.

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