DNR to hold fish meetings, instruction across state

Wis. DNR to hold panfish meetings statewide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is holding more than two dozen meetings throughout the state for anglers to share their experiences about fishing for panfish.

DNR fisheries specialist Joanna Griffin says department officials want to hear from the public on their expectations for panfish fishing to help develop a statewide plan for managing populations.

She says meetings will focus on panfish management although other local fishery concerns may be covered.

The DNR has management plans for game fish like walleye, bass, musky and northern pike, and biologists and some anglers believe the same thing should be done for panfish.

The meetings will start Feb. 12 in Stevens Point and end on March 18 in Crivitz.
Wis. DNR plans fishing instructor workshop

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources is planning a workshop for prospective fishing instructors.

The workshop is set for Feb. 16 at Devil's Lake State Park. DNR experts will train people who wish to become instructors and fishing mentors. Adults who complete the workshop can get certified as angler education instructors and teach fishing programs in their own communities.

The session is free but the DNR requires a $15 fee to ensure attendance. Participants will get their money back at the end of the workshop.