Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Trout Fishing in Wisconsin

The general trout fishing season begins on the first Saturday of May. If you're one of the many people who will be heading out to get a fishing license and an inland trout stamp to legally fish for trout, you might be surprised to learn more about what a big economic impact trout fishing has in Wisconsin.

According to a recent article in the La Crosse Tribune, trout fishing has a significant impact on the economies of the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The Driftless Area is primarily southwestern Wisconsin and includes southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.

The article reports on a recent study,  Economic Impact of Recreational Trout Angling in the Driftless Area, commissioned by Trout Unlimited from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse economics professor Donna Anderson. The study finds that trout fishing generates about $952 million a year in the Driftless Area, supporting local economies that have embraced the tourist trade. Anglers are drawn to the Driftless Area because of habitat restoration and preservation efforts that make the location more desirable for trout fishing. The study goes into great detail about the economic impact and demographics of the anglers contributing to what some refer to as "healthy trout economies."

Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations 2017-2018 image of cover
Courtesy of the WI DNR
Before you get ready to grab your tackle box and head out to the stream, let us direct you to a few useful resources you'll find in the Wisconsin Digital Archives that will help you have a more successful fishing trip.

For more information about trout fishing and regulations, visit the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources webpage.

Post written by:
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning