I'm new to the Native Fish side of things and am exploring. I was excited about the idea of local collecting, but noticed that WI has a lot of rules due to VHS. Anyone in SE WI have any tips? I live in Menomonee Falls, just NE of Milwaukee. Thanks.
SE Wisconsin collecting
Posted 02 May 2017 - 05:28 AM
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."
Posted 02 May 2017 - 07:34 AM
Posted 03 May 2017 - 11:23 AM
Basically, due to VHS rules you cannot remove fish alive and in water from any body of water in Wisconsin. You can keep native fish in a tank as long as you obtain them from a VHS certified free source and keep the receipt of sale. Definitely good info on Wisconsin regs. in the Regulations and Laws sub-forum!
Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:21 AM
Joe Bevington is my main contact at the State DNR. I haven't talked to him this year as I don't plan on collecting. He set me up with a Bait dealer permit and wild harvest permit. However, this only applies to bait fish. Rough fish and Game fish currently can only be harvested and live transported with commercial fishing permit and then another permit for live transport. I've talked with him about some sort of Hobbiest permit and he was interested, but nothing much has happened.
his email is Joseph.Bevington@wisconsin.gov
Very personable guy and interested in what we do.
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