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Believes motor trolling won’t be problem in Vilas PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:

I have been reading the editorials about motor trolling, all of which are very negative. I?am in favor of motor trolling and would like to share some of my thoughts.

I read that it’s noisy, pulls out weeds and takes up too much acreage. I?don’t believe any of that is true. A boat trolling slowly along is not noisy. Frequently, it will be using an electric trolling motor which is very quiet. People trolling don’t want to foul their hooks with weeds any more than any other fishermen. That is just not realistic.

The only people who will be trolling are those who are fishing now anyway. Nobody is going to decide to start fishing just because they can motor troll. There have been a lot of statistics about lakes in Wisconsin where you can troll. Let’s look at a broader picture. There is no restriction on motor trolling in Michigan, Minnesota or even all of Canada. In fact, as far as I know, and I could be wrong, no state restricts motor trolling except Wisconsin. As editorials point out, Vilas is one of the few counties where it is completely restricted.

Some folks are concerned about muskies. That’s a valid concern because muskie fishing is important to us. However, I?don’t believe it’s a problem. Motor trolling has been legal in Sawyer County (Hayward) for as long as I?can remember. I don’t hear them complaining about it, and they call themselves the muskie capital of the world.

Finally, if you want to see how terrible motor trolling is, spend an evening on Butternut or Franklin lakes. Beautiful lakes. Motor trolling has been legal for years and doesn’t seem to be a problem. I hope people will think this through carefully before coming down too hard on those of us who favor motor trolling.

John L. O’Brien

Eagle River

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:22 AM


+12 #2 2014-04-04 11:01
I don't troll around here, but I do troll on Lake Superior. I am not very good at it either, as I have not caught a single fish yet, but am learning. I would agree that large lakes are fine for it, but small lakes (like many around here) are just too cramped.

Many times up on Superior you run into issues where multiple boats are out and you need to make darn sure you don't get fouled up with someone else's line(s), nevermind the fact that those out for simple recreation need to be very careful so they don't run over a planer board 300+ feet away from the trolling boat, especially with a skier in tow. With waves, sometimes they can be rather hard to see, and I have come close a few times. And all of this is on a massive lake like Superior.

Granted the style is quite different, but many principles remain the same.

But I can also see the other side of the story. Perhaps some sort of compromise could be made?
+14 #1 2014-04-03 10:32
I do believe that trolling will be a problem. I am on Plum Lake in Vilas County and like many lakes in the area it has not had the weed beds recover from the infestation of rusty crawfish. I can see big problems between fisherman trying to jig or slip boober fish around the remaining weeds and one or more boats trying to troll the same areas. I also believe that the smaller size of most of the regional lakes as compared to most lakes in say Canada or Minnesota (Mille Lacs or Leech eg.) be become an issue.

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