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Trout limits relaxed on upper Kinnickinnic River

EAU CLAIRE - Special fishing regulations on the upper Kinnickinnic River are being dumped, according to officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

"The special regulations are being eliminated on the upper Kinnickinnic because they didn't work," said Marty Engel, a DNR senior fisheries biologist.

The Upper Kinnickinnic River and its primary tributary, Parker Creek, are Class I brook and brown trout streams, popular with anglers throughout the Midwest.

Officials say that with the opening of the 2008 inland fishing season, special Category 5 fishing regulations have been eliminated on the upper Kinnickinnic River, including Parker Creek.

The Category 5 slot limit for trout -- protecting fish 10 to 14 inches long -- will remain in place on the Lower Kinnickinnic River, downstream of the dam at Glen Park in River Falls.

The daily bag limit below the dam remains at five trout with just one trout in the bag longer than 14 inches.

The popular, 15-mile-long Upper Kinnickinnic River and 5-mile-long Parker Creek will revert to Category 2 regulation - a 7-inch minimum size limit and a daily bag limit of five fish.