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4/7/2014 9:55:00 AM
Writer urges readers to vote against motor trolling proposal

To the Editor:

Our lakes in the northwoods need your help. The Wisconsin DNR is once again proposing a change in its regulations to allow for motor trolling statewide, a practice currently prohibited in 17 counties including Vilas.  

WDNR data establishes that musky lakes in counties where motor trolling is allowed have twice the incidence of Eurasion Water Milfoil (EWM) compared to lakes where such a practice is prohibited. Those who motor troll tend to fish near and over weed beds and frequently move from one lake to another increasing the risk of introducing EWM to new bodies of water.  

In addition, allowing motor trolling will undoubtedly increase boat traffic on smaller lakes throughout Vilas County, causing increased water turbulence effecting both water quality and habitat in addition to increasing pressure on musky and other game fish populations county wide.

In 2013, voters at the Wisconsin Conservation Congress in the 17 counties where the WDNR wants to allow motor trolling rejected the proposal by a vote of 2 to 1. Vilas County rejected the proposal by a vote of 146-46. 

Please plan on attending the Wisconsin Conservation Congress public hearing for Vilas County scheduled  for April 14, at 7 p.m. in the St. Germain Elementary School gymnasium, 8224 HWY 70 West, St. Germain, to cast your “No” vote. (Public hearing locations in other counties can be found on the WDNR website)  

Our lakes (and fish) are counting on your support.

Paul Specht
Presque Isle

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Article comment by: John Lauretic

Its about time to reverse that dumb rule of no motor trolling. Only in the northwoods do you find fisherman that are misinformed and misled by those who don't want change. It happens every day up here on open water. The thing is there are not enough DNR Wardens to catch those who do not know it is illegal to do so up here. Make it legal state wide. I want to be able to fish any way that I can.

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