MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is holding more than two dozen meetings throughout the state for anglers to share their experiences about fishing for panfish.
DNR fisheries specialist Joanna Griffin says department officials want to hear from the public on their expectations for panfish fishing to help develop a statewide plan for managing populations.
She says meetings will focus on panfish management although other local fishery concerns may be covered.
The DNR has management plans for game fish like walleye, bass, musky and northern pike, and biologists and some anglers believe the same thing should be done for panfish.
The meetings will start Feb. 12 in Stevens Point and end on March 18 in Crivitz.
The dates, times and locations of the panfish meetings are listed below.
Feb. 12, Stevens Point, Ben Franklin Jr. High School, Learning Resource Center, 6:30 p.m., 2000 Polk St.
Feb. 18, Waukesha, DNR Waukesha Service Center, 7 p.m., 141 N.W. Barstow St.
Feb. 19, Eau Claire, DNR Eau Claire Regional Office, 7 p.m., 1300 W. Clairemont Ave.
Feb. 19 Horicon, DNR Horicon Marsh Education Center/lower level auditorium, 7 p.m. N7725 Highway 28
Feb. 20, Hayward, Hayward High School Auditorium, 6:30 p.m., 10320 N. Greenwood Lane
Feb. 21, Plymouth, Plymouth High School Cafeteria, 7 p.m., 125 S. Highland Ave.
Feb. 22-24, Madison, Madison Fishing Expo; Fri. 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., DNR booth at the expo at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
March 4, Shawano, Shawano Library, 5:30 p.m., 128 S. Sawyer St.
March 4, Burlington, Burlington High School Library (2nd floor) 6 p.m., 400 McCanna Pkwy
March 5, Mercer, Mercer Community Center, 6 p.m., 2648 W Margaret St.
March 6, Medford, Frances L Simek Memorial Library, 7 p.m., 400 N Main St.
March 6, Adams, Adams County Community Center, 6:30 p.m., M 569N Cedar St.
March 6, Florence, Wild Rivers Interpretive Center, Large Conf. Rm, 7 p.m., 5631 Forestry Dr.
March 7, Butternut, American Legion Hall, 126 4th St. North
March 7, Dodgeville, DNR Dodgeville Office, Prairie Room 7 p.m. 1500 N Johns St.
March 7, Wautoma, Waushara County Courthouse, Demonstration Room, 6 p.m. 209 S Main St.
March 7, Fond du Lac, Fisherman's Road Fishing Club Headquarters, 7 p.m., End of Fisherman's Road on Lake Winnebago
March 11, Merrill, Merrill High School large conference room, 6 p.m. 1201 N. Sales St.
March 12, Brule, Brule Ranger Station, 7 p.m. 6250 S. Ranger Road
March 12, Menasha, Germania Hall, 7 p.m., 320 Chute St.
March 13, Rhinelander, Rhinelander Service Center, 7 p.m. 107 Sutliff Ave.
March 13, Green Bay, Brown County Library Auditorium, 6:30 p.m., 515 Pine St.
March 14, Woodruff, Woodruff Town Hall, 7 p.m., 1418 First Street (Highway 47)
March 14, Spooner, Spooner DNR Service Center, 7 p.m. , 810 W. Maple St.
March 14, Waupaca, Waupaca Area Library, 5:30 p.m., 107 S. Main St.
March 14, Black River Falls, U.W. Extension Office, 7 p.m., 227 S 11th St.
March 14, Woodruff, Woodruff Town hall, 7 p.m., 1418 First St. (Highway 47)
March 18, Balsam Lake, Polk County Government Center, East Conf. Rm. 7 p.m., 100 Polk County Plaza
March 18, Crivitz, Crivitz High School Auditorium, 6:30 p.m., 400 South Ave.
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