Chat with the WI DNR

We’ve had some questions about the use of BlueTipz with regards to the DNR. So we had a chat with them! Here’s what we found out:

Bob:
Howdy. I have an ice fishing question. Specifically related to tip-ups.
Darryl WAU:
Good afternoon Bob, how may I help you?
Bob:
I was hoping you could comment on wireless alert systems, and whether they are ok to use.
Darryl WAU:
Let me look into that for you. Just one moment please.
Bob:
Also, how far can tip-ups be from the fisher, and what is the definition of unattended? Is there a time period? Does someone have to be within line of site? What is the fine for an unattended tip-up?
Darryl WAU:
From page 8 of the Fishing regulations: • to leave any fish line unattended except when using licensed setlines or bank poles. When fishing open water, anglers must remain within 100 yards of their line(s). Failure to immediately respond to a line upon indication of a bite will be sufficient evidence that the line is unattended.
Darryl WAU:
When Ice fishing you are still considered fishing open water.
Darryl WAU:
It is not illegal to use the remote alerts, just that you have to be within 100 yards.
Bob:
right. I did read that, but was hoping for a little more clarification. 100 yards doesn’t say anything about line of site, and I read a news article about a court case that said 15 minutes was acceptable for an attended tip-up, but 1 hour was not.
Bob:
And what was the fine?
Darryl WAU:
The rules were pretty clear here, the 15 minutes is probably that wardens rule of thumb that he gives the fisherman plenty of time to check his tipups before he would enforce that law but he could have enforced it at 5, 10 minutes, etc. Think of it like speeding, you don’t typically get a ticket for going a couple of mile an hour over the speed limit, but if you are going 10 miles an hour over you are pretty much going to get a ticket.
Bob:
ok. that makes sense.
Darryl WAU:
As far as the fine that this individual recieved, each case is different and you would have to check the court records to see what he was cited for. It think the minimum is around $175 right now.
Bob:
Perfect. Thank you so much. Can I repost our conversation elsewhere?
Bob:
I make a wireless tipup sensor, and wanted to let our customers know what the policies are, since we’ve had some questions.
Darryl WAU:
It is an open record, I can not prevent it.
Bob:
thank you again for your help. Have a great day.
Darryl WAU:
You are welcome.
Darryl WAU:
Thank you for contacting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. If you have any more questions, please let us know.
Bob:
okeydokey. have a great day.


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