Several area lakes could be affected as the DNR seeks to improve the panfish population.
The goal of the “panfish plan” is to improve the average size of panfish in lakes not achieving their potential. The proposed rules follow three years of angler surveys, focus groups, public meetings and spring hearings hosted by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.
If enacted, the plan would experiment with 3 different types of bag limits. This includes “25/10” meaning the current 25 fish bag limit but with a limit of 10 of any single species. “15/5” which is a 15 fish limit with 5 of a given species; and “25/5 over 7” which allows 25 fish total but just five over 7 inches.
Overall 110 lakes would be included in the study including Lake Nokomis and the Three Lakes Chain each in the 25/10 category. Other Lincoln County lakes on the list include: Clara, Crystal, Pesabic, Echo, Hilderbrand, and Hilts. A full list of the lakes is available by entering key words “panfish plan” on the DNR website.
The regulations would be evaluated in six years to gauge whether they are improving panfish size as well as anglers support.
The DNR is holding a series of public hearing in the coming weeks. The closest to our area is Tuesday, Aug. 26 Minocqua Public Library 6:30