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DNR reminds anglers that inland game fish season closes Sunday

Anglers should be aware that the game fish season on most inland Wisconsin waters closes at the end of the day on Sunday, March 1, according to officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Officials note that the panfish seasons remain open year-round as does the season for certain game fish on select lakes and rivers, including much of the Wisconsin River and its impoundments.

Waters that remain open are listed in the "Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations" and on the Department of Natural Resources Web site.

In addition, an early trout season opens 5 a.m. on March 7 and continues until midnight on Apr. 27. The early season is catch-and-release only, and only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used while fishing for any species of fish on trout streams, according to DNR officials.

State wildlife officials say that most trout streams are open to early fishing with the exception of most Lake Superior tributaries and most streams in northeast Wisconsin.

Official suggest th1t anglers should check the "2008-09 Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide" to verify which waters are open during the early season and visit the early trout fishing page of the DNR Web site for tips on the flies and techniques to use. The page also contains information on how to help make your early trout season more enjoyable and successful.