Panfish regulations set to change on 93 lakes starting April 1

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MADISON - In an effort to improve panfish size on 93 Wisconsin lakes with the potential for bigger fish, new regulations take effect on April 1. - - A pile of panfish is a welcome sight to many Wisconsin anglers.Photo Credit: WDNR - - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is putting the experimental regulations in place following a process that involved more than 3,500 survey responses, more than 30 public meetings, multiple questions on two spring hearing questionnaires before the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and approval by the Natural Resources Board. Max Wolter, DNR senior fisheries biologist and panfish team leader, said the rules are part of a 10-year management plan that also focuses on habitat improvement and predator management to boost panfish on specific lakes across Wisconsin.

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