Fort McCoy Natural Resource Branch

  • Fishing is not allowed on Fort McCoy during the Gun-Deer season (November 17 -November 25, 2018)

 

All persons fishing on Fort McCoy are required to have a Fort McCoy Fishing Permit and appropriate Wisconsin Fishing license (with trout stamp if fishing for trout). Permits can be purchased directly from an authorized WDNR GoWild vendor or online at http://dnr.wi.gov/GoWild/.  See below for fishing permit types and fees.

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Starting on March 1, 2019 all anglers must sign-in/sign-out daily and select the zone they intend to fish through iSportsman, reference paragraph 2-2i(1) of the regulations for procedures regarding sign-in/sign-out and switching zones. The iSportsman system can be accessed by: calling (866) 277-1597, visiting www.mccoy.isportsman.net online, or at the kiosk located at the HIP (see map at appendix E for zones, training areas, lakes and restricted areas).

Lake Information     

Lake Map

Categories and fees: All persons fishing on Fort McCoy are required to have a Fort McCoy Fishing permit and appropriate Wisconsin Fishing license. Wisconsin residents 65 and over, persons with disabilities (as determined by applicable Wisconsin law), children under age 16 fishing independently, and 4-day residents/nonresidents, may purchase a reduced fee permit. Children under age 16 do not require a Fort McCoy Fishing permit if fishing with someone who has a Fort McCoy Fishing permit and Wisconsin fishing license (with trout stamp if fishing for trout). However, fish caught by children under age 16 who do not have a Fort McCoy Fishing permit must be included in the accompanying Fort McCoy and Wisconsin licensed angler’s daily bag limit.

Permit Types                                                                                                                                                                                 Fee

   Annual Fishing Permit

$13.00

Senior Fishing Permit

$ 8.00

Disabled Fishing Permit

$ 8.00

4-Day Fishing Permit

$ 8.00

Youth Fishing Permit

$ 8.00   

 

All Fort McCoy fishing permits expire 31 March.  Permit expiration coincides with the annual Wisconsin fishing license.

 

Seasons and dates: Unless otherwise posted, fishing, including trout, is permitted on all lakes and ponds from the first Saturday in May through the first Sunday in March. The North Flowage and Lost Lake are open for panfish all year. Fishing on streams is permitted from the first Saturday in May through 15 October. Fort McCoy streams will be open for the early catch and release trout season as explained in the Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide.

 
Seasons Dates
Free Fishing Weekends Winter: January 19-20, 2019
Early Trout Season (Catch and Release Only - Streams Only) January 6 (5:00AM) - May 4, 2018
Fishing on Streams May 5 (5:00AM) - October 15, 2018
Fishing on Lakes May 5, 2018 - March 3, 2019
 

Access to waters:

Lakes: If a lake is listed as open on the Game Line, but is within a closed training area and military training is not taking place at the lake, anglers can utilize the marginal area around the lake (i.e., mowed areaor50feetfrom shoreifthelakeperimeterisnotmowed)that will not conflict with military training,as well as access the lakes by the main access road(s).Anglers are responsible for knowing if the lakes are closed due to training, this can be checked on the iSportsman Game Line posting.

Streams: If a stream runs through a training area, or is used as a boundary of the training area, and the training area(s) are closed for the day, anglers can still access and fish those streams; but must do so by staying within the stream corridor/floodplain, avoiding military training, and accessing those streams at main road crossings. An angler is not allowed to walk/drive through a closed training area to access streams. Parking of vehicles to access those streams should occur at main road/stream crossings. Silver Creek has a designated parking area along the main road in B-2, refer to the Fishing Map in appendix E. Anglers are responsible for knowing if the training areas are closed due to training, this can be checked on the iSportsman Game Line posting.

Ice fishing: Anglers may fish through the ice on all lakes/ponds at their own risk. Ice shanties can be used on lakes/ponds, but must be removed at the end of each day.

Bag, possession, and size limits: Bag, possession, and size limits on any Fort McCoy lakes, ponds, rivers and streams not listed below follow the State of Wisconsin Fishing Regulations. Once you reach any of these limits for a particular species, you must stop fishing for that species.

Possession limit means the maximum number of fish that a person may possess or control (i.e., in your freezer, cooler, vehicle, etc.), which is twice the total daily bag limit.

Total daily bag limit is the maximum number of fish that an angler may possess from allwater bodies fished for that day.

Daily bag limit is the maximum number of fish that an angler may possess from a specific water body in one day.An angler may not possess in excess of the daily bag limit for the water while on the waters, banks or shores of that water.

Early trout: The daily bag limit and possession limit for early trout season is zero.

Fish caught by children under 16 years old who do not possess a Fort McCoy permit are includedin the accompanying Fort McCoy and Wisconsin licensed angler’s daily bag limit.

Silver Creek: Only artificial lures may be used on Silver Creek from the bridge east of the airport, downstream to the western boundary of Fort McCoy. This section is highlighted on the Fort McCoy Fishing Map (refer to appendix E).

Boats and motors: Operation of gasoline motors is prohibited on all Fort McCoy waters with the exception of emergency first responders or Fort McCoy employees in performance of their official duties. Boats, canoes, kayaks, and floats with or without electric trolling motors are allowed only on the North Flowage, Lost Lake, West Sandy, Sandy, Big Sandy, Suukjak Sep, and East Silver Lakes. Boats, canoes, kayaks, and floats are NOT allowed on Stillwell Lake, Swamp or Sparta Ponds. All Boats, canoes, kayaks, and floats on Fort McCoy waters must comply with Wisconsin Boating Regulations. All privately owned watercraft must be removed from Fort McCoy property at the end of each day.

Minnows and crayfish: Legal minnows may ONLY be used in the North Flowage and Lost Lake. Other than the North Flowage and Lost Lake, minnows dead or alive (except commercially preserved) are not allowed as bait or to be in an angler’s possession at any time. Crayfish are not allowed as bait on any Fort McCoy waters. It is not permitted to release unused bait fish into any Fort McCoy waters. Follow Wisconsin Minnow and other Baitfish Regulations regarding the purchase and transportation of minnows.

Fishing methods: It is illegal to fish with nets, seines, and spears (including bow and arrow, crossbow, or by hand) on Fort McCoy waters.

Swimming/Wading: Swimming/wading is not allowed on Fort McCoy, except at the Pine View Recreation Area Beach, unless wading is being used while in the act of fishing.

Unauthorized stocking: It is illegal to transplant live fish from one water body to another without the consent of Fort McCoy NRB – Fisheries Program. DO NOT move, release, or stock fish, including minnows, into Fort McCoy waters.

 

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