Let’s keep our river hands-off!

It’s the time of year in our fair village where trout and salmon start migrating up our river. Maybe you’ve even seen one or two jump up and out of the water.

These fish are running up the tributaries from Lake Michigan in a spawning effort.  During this time the fish are extremely vulnerable as they are highly visible in very accessible waters.

We need to make sure that while these fish are running up the river to spawn that they aren’t bothered. As we teach out littlest littles, it’s important to see with our eyes and not with our hands. Everyone should get outside and enjoy our natural resources, and do it in a respectful way. That means that although we may want to touch these cool looking fish, we need to keep our hands out of the river.

Keep in mind, people are still allowed to fish, but only with a hook and line and only with the proper license:

-Anyone of the age of 16 or older is required to have a valid fishing license and great lakes trout and salmon stamp.

-Trout and salmon can only be taken by hook and line fishing.  Snagging, netting, or hand grabbing these fish is illegal.

-Fishing is only allowed from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

If you plan on fishing take the time to look over Wisconsin’s fishing regulations.  Please enjoy and respect our natural resource.  If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s information line at 1-888-936-7463.

 

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