UNDATED (WXPR) -- Wisconsin anglers could use motorboats to troll for fish statewide, under a proposal endorsed at the annual conservation hearings. The DNR announced the results this week of votes taken at all of the Conservation Congress proceedings on Monday night in each of the 72 counties. At least some trolling on all lakes statewide was endorsed by 62 percent of the nearly 59 hundred sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question. It's been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin.
KariLee Zimmerman is the DNR's Conservation Congress Liason. "The trolling proposal is a compromise proposal allowing trolling on all inland waters in Wisconsin. It would allow three lines in most of the counties except for those counties that wanted to opt to have only one line unless there were three lines already allowed."
Three-line trolling is currently allowed in 55 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
The hearing votes are advisory, and they could be taken up by the DNR later in the year. Also, voters rejected catch and release activity during closed fishing seasons. They also approved slight adjustments to the opening of the inland fishing seasons in May, to avoid conflicts with Mother's Day weekend.