Gone Fishin’: WI DNR sees big increase in people buying fishing licenses

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – There are more bobbers in the waters this year.

The Wisconsin DNR says there has been a significant increase in the number of people buying fishing licenses this summer

Between resident and non-resident, there are about 136,000 more licenses than last year.

The department says with people cooped up, fishing is a great, affordable way to get outdoors.

And with all the stress happening, it’s also a chance to escape for a little while.

“The restorative qualities of water, I don’t think they can be denied. You get to the water’s edge and a lot of the woes of the world just float away for a time,” said Theresa Stabo with the Wisconsin DNR.

Whether you’re new to the trade or a seasoned angler, there are a few things to keep in mind before casting your fishing line.

Make sure you know the rules and regulations while out in the water because they differ depending on where you are and what you’re trying to catch.

It’s important to follow them because they help control angler impacts on fish populations, maintain numbers and sizes of fish in a lake or stream, and make access to fishing as fair as possible, among other things.

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