MADISON - Anglers and fish enthusiasts alike can now see where their favorite fish species have been found using an interactive Department of Natural Resources research tool that shows results from fish surveys dating as far back as 130 years.
The online fish mapping tool lets anyone search the more than 160 fish species found in Wisconsin by either county or habitat types. Data points on the map are pinpointed by GPS coordinates and show the kinds of fish species were found during a given research outing.
"What's great about the fish map tool is you can see the big picture of where different species are found in the state," says John Lyons, fisheries research scientist. "It also lets you zoom in on specific bodies of water so you can see what kinds of fish are found in your favorite local lakes."
The tool offers a fun interactive application for anglers and there is a tutorial video on the fish map website (exit DNR) explaining how to use the map and along with terminology. The fish map tool was created in partnership with the US Geological Survey Center for Integrated Data Analytics and is used by DNR researchers to study long term trends for fish populations in Wisconsin.