Trout management meetings to be held in coming weeks

The DNR has a plan about trout for the next 10 years. Your input is being welcomed.

MADISON - The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on a draft statewide Inland Trout Management Plan at a series of upcoming meetings.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will present information on the draft 10-year statewide management plan and invite all interested members of the public to learn about trout management in Wisconsin. The department will also be accepting public feedback at these meetings and through a public comment period.

The Trout Management Plan provides direction for inland trout management in Wisconsin. It covers brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and lake trout in inland lakes, ponds and streams of Wisconsin. This includes tributaries of the Great Lakes upstream from the first impassable barrier such as a dam and naturally occurring falls.

The inland trout management plan will addresses many important fisheries management activities such as monitoring and research, habitat improvement, stocking, land management, land/easement acquisition and more. Photo credit: DNR

The plan communicates the direction and focus of the DNR fisheries management program on inland trout management for the next 10 years. Specifically, it guides the allocation of resources, identifies constraints, and prioritizes management activities. This plan addresses many important fisheries management activities such as monitoring and research, habitat improvement, stocking, fishing regulations, land management, and land/easement acquisition.

The draft plan will be available for review before the meetings sometime in mid-May by searching the DNR website,, for Inland Trout Management Plan.

The meetings will be held:

  • May 29, La Crosse - 6-8 p.m. La Crosse DNR Service Center, B19-20 (basement conference room), 3550 Mormon Coulee Road. Contact : Kirk Olson 608-785-9017
  • June 3, Wausau - 6-8 p.m. Marathon County Public Library, Wausau Community Room, 300 North First St. There is a 3-hour parking limit in the library's main lot. There are nearby parking ramps. Contact : Dave Seibel 715-623-4190 x3112 Note : this meeting is not sponsored by the Wausau County Public Library.
  • June 4, Fitchburg - 7-9 p.m. Fitchburg DNR Service Center, Glacier's Edge/Gathering Waters room, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road Contact : Justin Haglund 608-341-9465
  • June 5, Spooner - 6-8 p.m. Spooner DNR Service Center, Community Room, RM 112, 810 West Maple St. Contact : Craig Roberts 715-416-0351