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A new searchable database from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources allows anglers to search by lake, by county and by multiple counties to pull up an interactive map and a listing of the fishing regulations for that water – a great tool for lodging properties to link from their website, where guests frequent waterways for fishing during a stay.

“We hope this will help make it easier for anglers to enjoy their time on Wisconsin’s inland lakes and know how many and what size fish they can keep and the season dates,” says Jon Hansen, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist.

Regulations for rivers, Great Lakes waters, inland trout and others will be added in over time. Anglers should consult their regulation booklet for general restrictions on using bait, how many lines, and the like, Hansen says.

There are two easy ways to reach the database — through DNR’s fishing regulations page or through its Find A Lake page. Anglers can pull up and print out the information before leaving from home, or can use their smart phones to answer their regulatory questions while reeling in a fish, says Joanna Griffin, fisheries policy specialist for DNR’s Bureau of Fisheries Management.

“The searchable database is just one part of what we’re doing this year to make it easier for people to have fun fishing with family and friends,” Griffin says.

A phone application is in the works, and right now anglers can download and print out a 2012 Year of Fish calendar that includes important fishing dates and the 2012 Wisconsin Fishing Report which provides statewide fishing forecast information.

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