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Wisconsin DNR fisheries experts seek to change the designations on several area trout streams. Three, in Pierce County, would be declared Class I or self-sustaining, due to consistent, sustained reproduction that has been documented for several years. Map from WDNR website.

SPOONER -- Portions of five western Wisconsin trout streams would be reclassified based on their habitat and ability to support natural trout reproduction, under a Department of Natural Resources proposal that is currently open for public comment.

Four of the streams would be reclassified from class 2 to class 1 trout streams, and a fifth would be reclassified as a warm-water forage fish stream, according to Marty Engel, Department of Natural Resources Senior Fisheries Biologist, Baldwin.

“The four streams being reclassified as class 1 stream because fisheries surveys have shown they contain abundant self-sustaining trout populations and no longer need stocking,” Engel said. “Surveys have shown that the fifth stream is unable to support a trout population even after years of stocking, so it is being reclassified from a class 3 trout stream to a warm-water forage fish stream.”

The streams being reclassified from class 2 to class 1 are:

Rush River in Pierce County (Martell, Gilman, El Paso, Salem and Maiden Rock Townships) for 27.6 miles from the St. Croix-Pierce county line downstream to State Highway 35.

South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River, all 4.5 miles in Pierce County (River Falls East and West Townships).

Little Trimbelle River all 5.3 miles in Pierce County (Trenton Township).

Bolen Creek all 5.3 miles in Dunn County (New Haven Township) and all 0.8 miles in St. Croix County (Forest Township).

The fifth stream, 4 miles of Lambs Creek in Dunn County (Sherman Township) would be reclassified from a class 3 trout stream to a warm water forage fish stream based on recent surveys that indicate Lambs Creek was a stocked stream that did not support a trout fishery for many years.

The DNR will waive any hearing requirement on these classifications unless a written request for a hearing is received before Aug. 14, 2013.

Hearing requests should be sent to: Marty Engel, Senior Fisheries Biologist, Wisconsin DNR, 890 Spruce Street, Baldwin, WI 54002. Reach him by telephone at 715-684-2914 ext. 110.

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.