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Trolling proposal OK’d in statewide vote

People who participated in the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings across the state Monday supported a proposal to allow trolling statewide.

The compromise trolling proposal — which would allow trolling with one line per angler in 17 counties and trolling with three lines per angler in the other 55 counties — was approved 3,646-2,250.

Statewide, the proposal was approved in 61 counties and rejected in 11 counties.

Vilas County sportsmen and -women opposed

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:27 AM
Last Updated on Monday, April 21, 2014 9:48 AM


0 #2 2014-04-18 13:19
This is yet further proof that the wishes of the people living in the Counties that are opposed to motor trolling have NO say!! I live on Kentuck Lake where we are battling 2 invasive species, which may now be pulled up by trolling anglers and spread throughout the lake(s). Add to this the very real potential for conflicts between trollers and other people using the lake as we have had in the past (when trolling was allowed). The Wardens claim this proposal will "simplify" things for them and the anglers because "all lakes will be the same". Each year we get the regulation handbook so that, as responsible anglers, WE know what is permitted on any given lake and what is not. Since it's too much for the Wardens to keep track of the Counties that allow trolling, let's throw out all the regulations!! Anything goes, no bag limits, size limits or "seasons". Most area Guides are against trolling in Vilas, as are many here on Kentuck!It is sad that WE have no say in what happens here!!
0 #1 2014-04-17 22:51
To say that I am very dissatisfied with the results of this ruling would be an understatement! Once again the people who live on the lakes lakes that voted against trolling foe a second time now are being forced to live with the consequences of such decisions. I live on Kentuck, where we are battling 2 invasive species which will now be pulled up and spread throughout the lake one one or multiple lures trailing behind a boat. Multiply this by numerous boats and it doesn't take a genius to see what a detriment this can be. Add to this the dry real potential for conflicts with kayakers, water skiers and swimmers as we have had in the past. Since the Wardens don't want to have to remember which lakes allow trolling/which don't, WHY have ANY regs at all? Forget about bag limits,size limits, open/closed seasons and their jobs will be so much easier! Most Guides up here are AGAINST trolling and the majority of us here on Kentuck are too! Too bad that our wishes don't count at all.

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