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wibirdhunter  
#21 Posted : Friday, December 2, 2016 6:33:28 AM(UTC)
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Be sure to tell as many people as possible and especially any game wardens you see you're targeting trout.
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#22 Posted : Friday, December 2, 2016 7:44:30 AM(UTC)
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wibirdhunter wrote:
Be sure to tell as many people as possible and especially any game wardens you see you're targeting trout.



Really couldn't be any less worried about it since I asked directly about it and have written clarification from an officer of the DNR.

As long as the regular fishing season is open, unclassified waters may be fished regardless of what you are "targeting."

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#23 Posted : Friday, December 2, 2016 9:09:47 AM(UTC)
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That's simply not true.
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#24 Posted : Friday, December 2, 2016 9:26:12 AM(UTC)
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wibirdhunter wrote:
That's simply not true.


Unclassified water is just plain fishable water open during open fishing season. If the the DNR did not want you fishing there, they would classify it. You can use any legal fishing tackle.
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#25 Posted : Friday, December 2, 2016 1:49:47 PM(UTC)
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If it's undesignated you may fish it. That said, you may not fish a designated stream for other species during closed Trout season, with the exception of taking rough fish by hand.
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Gurth  
#26 Posted : Sunday, December 4, 2016 8:06:06 AM(UTC)
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Some water is unclassified for a reason...

Was up in New Richmond yesterday and hit a couple spots.

First, went to an unclassified section of Tenmile Creek. Didn't look like good trout water, but it empties into a classified stream and upstream is classified. Tried for a bit anyway near bridges where there were little riffles and pools. Didn't see a fish of any kind.

Next went to Black Brook which looks ideal for North Woods brookies...


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Narrow with nice little runs and undercuts and 2 foot holes. Sandy bottom and some rocks. Again... didn't see a fish.

A hunter who was driving by said there were some in a pond that Black Brook empties into and exits from. The pond was iced over though.

Oh well - still a beautiful morning to walk a stream in the (almost) North Woods.


Just over a month till I can get back to me regular streams...
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wibirdhunter  
#27 Posted : Sunday, December 4, 2016 8:27:46 AM(UTC)
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I just called the WDNR number and asked them. It's absolutely illegal to purposely fish for trout during the closed season unclassified or not. Yes you can skirt the law by pretending to fish for other fish.i'm guessing the biologist either misunderstood what you were asking or doesn't know the law. I don't agree with the law and could care less but I'd hate for someone to get a ticket because they went fishing based on the false information on this post.

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#28 Posted : Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:06:03 AM(UTC)
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That's odd coz my first inquiry was to that WDNR number and the person I spoke to said unclassified waters are open and can be fished.

Not fully trusting a person on a phone hotline, I took it further up the chain and emailed the lead trout fisheries person. He in turn forwarded my email to the person in Dodgeville who answered in the manner that I quoted.

A definitive clarification would be in order, but in the meantime, I'm going for smallies should anyone ask.
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AKinMN  
#29 Posted : Sunday, December 4, 2016 12:12:03 PM(UTC)
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Except you're posting on an open forum about targeting trout out of season.
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#30 Posted : Sunday, December 4, 2016 1:34:29 PM(UTC)
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AKinMN wrote:
Except you're posting on an open forum about targeting trout out of season.


Again... I asked the DNR specifically about this and was given the okay. No qualifications of what I'm targeting was placed on this okay.

Apparently this isn't enough?

I will be following up further with them and will post what I find out.

Also - anything I post on here is hear say anyway.



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