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The 2014 Wisconsin Fishing Report, a fishing calendar, and regulations for hook and line and inland trout fishing are now available online to help anglers start planning their fishing trips. Fishing licenses for the 2014-15 season went on sale March 5.

“Wisconsin’s a great place to fish and we hope these pieces can help make your fishing a little easier,” says Karl Scheidegger, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist who leads DNR fisheries outreach efforts.

The annual 16-page 2014 Fishing Report compiles fishing forecasts submitted by DNR fisheries biologists and shares information about the number and sizes of fish they found during population surveys on a wide range of waters across the state. The forecasts are organized by species and alphabetically by county name.

Again this year anglers can download and print off a color Making Fishing Better calendar with important fishing dates; moon phases; game fish identification tips; and monthly forecasts. The calendar highlights the work of fisheries biologists as they continue to make fishing better for state anglers.

Also available online are the Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations 2014-2015 and the Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations 2014-2015.

New for this year, the largemouth bass harvest season opens statewide on May 3, with anglers now able to keep largemouth 14 inches and over in what has long been known as the northern bass zone. Smallmouth bass are still catch and release from May 3 through June 20 in that zone, with the harvest season on smallies opening June 21. For more information or for any of the mentioned publications, visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing.