Do You Know the Fishing Regulations for Wisconsin?

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Traditionally, opening day for fishing is the first Saturday in May. Many of us forget to make sure we follow code, because we’re so anxious to enjoy the warm weather.

Besides purchasing your fishing license for the 2017-2018 season, are you aware of the rules and regulations of the state of Wisconsin?

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What are the actual fishing seasons? Make sure to check out the Wisconsin DNR website for more information.

Early Inland Trout
January 7 (5 a.m.) to May 5

General Inland Trout
May 6 (5 a.m.) to Oct. 15

Largemouth bass northern zone
May 6 to March 4, 2018

Smallmouth bass northern zone catch and release
May 6 to June 16

Smallmouth bass northern zone harvest
June 17 to March 4, 2018

Large and smallmouth bass southern zone
May 6 to March 4, 2018

Musky – northern zone
May 27 to Nov. 30

Musky – southern zone
May 6 to Dec. 31

Northern pike
May 6 to March 4, 2018

Walleyefishing 2
May 6 to March 4, 2018

Lake sturgeon
Sept. 2 to Sept. 30 (hook-and-line)

Free fishing weekends
June 3-4, 2017 (summer)
January 20-21, 2018 (winter)

(Dates are subject to change without warning)It is illegal to fish for a species during a closed season including “catch and release” fishing, according to the Department of Natural Resources website.

There are also many fishing regulations we need to follow while having fun such as hook and linespearing and nettingsetline or bankpole and total daily bag limit regulations.

Visit the Department of Natural Resources website for more information and have fun!

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