Dick emailed the following info;
Wisconsin early catch-and-release trout season opens Saturday with much of Wisconsin still covered with snow. That can make for tough sledding, but new online resources on the Early Trout Season page of the DNR Web site will help anglers meet the challenge. A new video features DNR stream ecologist and avid trout angler Mike Miller, showing anglers where to find fish and how to change their tactics to suit the conditions. And a new feature shares the secrets of success with a spinning rod, honed over the years by a foursome of DNR fish biologists and technicians. The early trout season is catch and release only, with artificial baits, but starting this year, anglers are no longer required to use barbless hooks. Streams in southern Wisconsin should be in good to excellent condition for the opening, with snow melt having water levels up and water running clear and cold. Most northern trout streams remain locked in ice and snow.
DNR Outdoor Report
Mike Miller, DNR Stream Ecologist "Tips for a Successful Early Trout Season" video - click here.
"Spin Fishing for Early Season Trout" video - click here.