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Wisconsin inland fishing season opens May 3

Anglers are counting down the days until May 3, the inland fishing season opener.

Opening weekend is the perfect time to share your angling passion with a friend or family member.

"No matter where you live in Wisconsin, there's great fishing to be had," says Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank. "Everyone can enjoy this traditional pastime."

Passing on the angling experience helps to protect Wisconsin's fish populations and expand fishing opportunities. Every license sold brings an additional $10 in federal aid for fish restoration.

Anglers have time to dive into the 2008 Wisconsin Fishing Report for fishing forecasts, tips and techniques to increase their chances of reeling in a trophy catch this season.

The hook-and-line game fish season opens statewide May 3 on inland waters for walleye, sauger and northern pike.

The largemouth and smallmouth bass southern zone opens May 3, while the northern bass zone opens for catch and release only from May 3 - June 20.

Artificial lures and barbless hooks must be used if fishing for bass during the catch-and-release bass fishing season in the northern zone, and any other water body that has bass catch-and-release regulations.

The musky season opens May 3 in the southern zone and May 24 in the northern zone, with Highway 10 as the dividing line.

The seasons for rock, yellow and white bass, pinfish, bullheads and rough fish, catfish, cisco and whitefish are open all year.