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(F) Hook and line fishing is open all year for all fish species except muskellunge, lake sturgeon, trout, paddlefish and threatened or endangered fish.

(S) Identifies quality fishing opportunity.

Adams County

Motor Trolling Guidelines

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Amey Pond

  • Only one northern pike is allowed to be kept, and it must measure at least 32 inches.
  • A total of five largemouth and smallmouth bass may be kept, with the exception that all bass between 14 and 18 inches must be released. Only one bass may exceed 18 inches.

Arrowhead Lake

  • Anglers may keep up to 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any single species.

Camelot Lake

  • Similar to Arrowhead Lake, anglers may keep up to 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any single species.

Crooked Lake

  • During May and June, anglers are allowed to keep 15 panfish, with a limit of five of any single species. For the rest of the season, the limit increases to 25 panfish.

Jordan Lake

  • A total of five bass may be kept, with the restriction that only one bass over 18 inches may be kept, and bass measuring between 14 and 18 inches must be released.

Mason Lake

  • Similar to Amey Pond, only one northern pike may be kept, and it must measure at least 32 inches.
  • Anglers may keep a total of five largemouth and smallmouth bass, but all bass between 14 and 18 inches must be released. Only one bass may exceed 18 inches.

Parker Lake

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish may exceed 18 inches.
  • Anglers may keep 15 panfish, with a limit of five of any single species. Additionally, five northern pike may be kept, with the restriction that pike measuring between 25 and 35 inches may not be kept.

Sherwood Lake

  • Anglers may keep up to 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any single species.

Wisconsin River (including Castle Rock and Petenwell Flowages and sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge)

  • Anglers may keep only one northern pike, which must measure at least 32 inches.
  • Walleye and sauger measuring between 15 and less than 20 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish may exceed 28 inches.
  • Muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches to be kept.

Ashland County

General Regulations

Ashland County is located in the ceded territory, and tributaries to Lake Superior have specific regulations for walleye, sauger, and northern pike. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures. However, there are exceptions to these rules, as outlined below.

Beaver Lake

Anglers may keep largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.

Butternut Lake

  • Anglers may keep up to 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any single species.
  • Three walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can exceed 14 inches.

Day Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Muskellunge must measure at least 28 inches to be kept.

East Twin Lake

  • Similar to Day Lake, only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Muskellunge must measure at least 28 inches to be kept.

English Lake

Muskellunge must measure at least 28 inches to be kept.

Flambeau River, North Fork

  • Anglers may keep only three walleye measuring between 15 and less than 20 inches, with the exception that one fish may exceed 24 inches.

Kakagon River and Slough

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 22 inches.

Lake Galilee

The bag limit on panfish is 10 in total.

Lake Superior

Specific regulations for Lake Superior must be consulted separately.

Lake Three

Similar to Day Lake and East Twin Lake, only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Little Clam Lake

Similar to other lakes, only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Mineral Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can exceed 14 inches.
  • Similar to Day Lake and Lake Three, only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Muskellunge must measure at least 28 inches to be kept.

Potter Lake

Muskellunge must measure at least 28 inches to be kept.

Spider/Moquah Chain

  • Walleye must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Muskellunge must measure at least 28 inches to be kept.

Spillerberg Lake

  • Similar to Butternut Lake, walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can exceed 14 inches.
  • Similar to Day Lake, only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Muskellunge must measure at least 28 inches to be kept.

Upper Park Falls Flowage

  • Anglers may keep only three walleye measuring between 15 and less than 20 inches, with the exception that one fish may exceed 24 inches.

Barron County

General Regulations

Barron County is situated in the ceded territory, where motor trolling is allowed county-wide, permitting each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Bear Lake

Anglers may keep largemouth or smallmouth bass of any length. Walleye must measure at least 18 inches.

Beaver Dam Lake

Walleye must measure at least 18 inches to be kept.

Chetek Chain of Lakes (Prairie, Chetek, Pokegama, Mud and Ten Mile Lakes)

Only two northern pike may be kept, and they must measure at least 26 inches.

Dummy Lake, Big & Dummy Lake, Little

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish may exceed 18 inches.
  • Similar to the Chetek Chain of Lakes, only two northern pike may be kept, and they must measure at least 26 inches.

Horseshoe Lake (T34N R14W)

Similar to Bear Lake, anglers may keep largemouth or smallmouth bass of any length. Walleye must measure at least 18 inches.

Horseshoe Lake (T36N R14E)

Similar to Bear Lake and the other Horseshoe Lake, anglers may keep largemouth or smallmouth bass of any length. Walleye must measure at least 18 inches.

Loon Lake

Anglers may keep walleye of any length, but only one fish may exceed 14 inches.

Rice Lake

Muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches to be kept.

Staples Lake

Similar to the Chetek Chain of Lakes, only two northern pike may be kept, and they must measure at least 26 inches.

Stump Lake

Muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches to be kept.

Turtle Lake, Lower & Turtle Lake, Upper

Similar to Bear Lake and the other lakes mentioned, anglers may keep largemouth or smallmouth bass of any length. Walleye must measure at least 18 inches.

Bayfield County

General Regulations

Bayfield County, situated in the ceded territory, allows motor trolling county-wide, permitting each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures. Special regulations for walleye, sauger, and northern pike in tributaries to Lake Superior can be found in the Lake Superior regulations. However, there are exceptions to these rules, as outlined below.

Atkins Lake

  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Bladder Lake

Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Bony Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Only walleye and sauger less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish over 18 inches may be kept.

Cable Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Combined management with Wiley Lake: only one bass in total from both lakes.

Diamond Lake

  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Only two northern pike may be kept, and they must measure at least 26 inches.

Eau Claire Lake (Lower, Middle, Upper)

  • Walleye must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Inch Lake

  • Artificial lures only.
  • Fish may not be harvested (catch and release only).

Lake Owen

  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Walleye must measure at least 18 inches.

Namekagon Lake (including Jackson and Garden lakes)

  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches.

Pigeon Lake

Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish may exceed 18 inches.

Pike Lake Chain (De Pere)

  • Only walleye less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish over 18 inches may be kept.

Sawdust Lake

Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Lake Superior

Specific regulations for Lake Superior must be consulted separately.

Wiley Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Combined management with Cable Lake: only one bass in total from both lakes.

Brown County

General Regulations

In Brown County, the daily bag limit on catfish is 25 county-wide. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Fox River

  • Upstream to the De Pere Dam is considered part of Lake Michigan. From the dam at De Pere upstream is considered inland water.
  • (F) Muskellunge season runs from May 27 to Dec. 31, and they must measure at least 50 inches.
  • From the De Pere Dam upstream, walleye, sauger, and their hybrids of any length may be kept, and there is a continuous open season.
  • Below the De Pere Dam, a fish refuge season is in effect from March 1 until May 31.

Green Bay

Specific regulations for Green Bay must be consulted separately, following the Lake Michigan regulations.

Lilly Lake

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish may exceed 18 inches.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Manger Lagoon

Manger Lagoon is designated as an urban fishing water.

Tributary Streams to Green Bay

Specific regulations for tributary streams must be consulted separately.

Buffalo County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Buffalo County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Chippewa River

  • Upstream from the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Bridge (includes tributaries of the river from their mouths up to the first road or railroad bridge).
  • (F) Anglers may keep five northern pike of any length.

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River forms part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters. Specific regulations for this area must be consulted separately.

Burnett County

General Regulations

Burnett County, located in the ceded territory, permits motor trolling county-wide, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures. A portion of Burnett County is designated as part of the Northern Bass Zone.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

  • Countywide, with exceptions below, there is no minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass in all waters of Burnett County, including all lakes and flowages that are border waters between Burnett and Polk counties.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Big McKenzie Lake

  • Walleye must measure at least 18 inches to be kept.

Dunham Lake

  • Only two northern pike may be kept, and they must measure at least 26 inches.

Middle McKenzie Lake

  • Similar to Big McKenzie Lake, walleye must measure at least 18 inches to be kept.

Namekagon River

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass must measure at least 14 inches.

Namekagon River (from Trego Dam to confluence with St. Croix River)

  • Muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches to be kept.

St. Croix River (including flowages)

  • Where the St. Croix River forms the boundary between Wisconsin and Minnesota, boundary water regulations apply.
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass must measure at least 14 inches.

Totagatic River

  • Similar to the Namekagon River, largemouth and smallmouth bass must measure at least 14 inches.

Webb Lake

  • Webb Lake is included in the Southern Bass Management Zone.

Calumet County

General Regulations

Calumet County has a county-wide daily bag limit on catfish of 25, except on Lake Winnebago system waters. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Lake Winnebago

Specific regulations for Lake Winnebago must be consulted separately, following the Winnebago System Waters regulations.

Fishing Regulations in Chippewa County

General Regulations

Chippewa County, located in the ceded territory, has a portion designated as part of the Northern Bass Zone. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Chippewa River

(S) Chippewa River is segmented into different sections with separate regulations extending upstream on tributaries to the first dam or lake.

  • Dells Pond in Eau Claire County upstream to Chippewa Falls Flowage Dam: Only three walleye less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one may exceed 18 inches.
  • Chippewa Falls Flowage Dam upstream to Lake Wissota Dam: Similar to the previous segment, only three walleye less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one may exceed 18 inches.
  • Lake Wissota upstream to Old Abe Flowage Dam in Jim Falls, including the Yellow River upstream to Svetlik Dam at Cadott: Similar regulations apply, with only three walleye less than 14 inches allowed to be kept, with the exception that one may exceed 18 inches. Additionally, muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches to be kept.
  • Old Abe Flowage upstream to Cornell Flowage Dam: Similar regulations apply for walleye as the previous segments.
  • Cornell Flowage upstream to Lake Holcombe Dam: Similar regulations apply for walleye as the previous segments.
  • Lake Holcombe upstream to the Arpin Dam in Sawyer County, including the Flambeau River upstream to the Thornapple Flowage Dam in Rusk County: Similar regulations apply for walleye as the previous segments.
  • Lake Holcombe including the Chippewa River upstream to the confluence with the Flambeau River, to the mouth of Main Creek, and to the mouth of the Jump River: Muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches to be kept.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Cornell Lake

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Hodge Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Island Chain of Lakes (Chain, Clear, Island, and McCann)

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only three walleye may be kept, and they must measure over 18 inches.

Jump River

  • Only three walleye less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish over 18 inches may be kept.

Long Lake (T32N, R8W) including Dark and Herde lakes

  • Similar to Island Chain of Lakes, only three walleye may be kept, and they must measure over 18 inches.
  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Pike Lake

  • Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish over 18 inches may be kept.

Round Lake

  • Similar to Pike Lake, only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one fish over 18 inches may be kept.

Sand Lake

  • Only three walleye may be kept, and they must measure over 18 inches.
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Yellow River downstream from the Svetlik Dam at Cadott

  • Similar to previous sections, only three walleye less than 14 inches may be kept, with the exception that one may exceed 18 inches.

Clark County

General Regulations

Clark County, located in the ceded territory, permits motor trolling county-wide, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Lake Arbutus (including Black River up to STH 95; East Fork of Black River to E Fork Road and Arnold Creek upstream to Bachelors Ave.)

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Sherwood Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Columbia County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Columbia County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Baraboo River

(F) Regulations apply.

Columbia Lake

(F)

  • The daily bag limit on catfish is 10.
  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Crawfish River (including impoundments and sloughs)

(F) Regulations apply.

Fox River (downstream from the west highway crossing of Highway 33 at Portage)

(F) Regulations apply.

Lazy Lake

(F)

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Long Lake

(F) Regulations apply.

Park Lake (including the Fox River upstream to Highway 33)

(F)

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must measure at least 32 inches.
  • Only three walleye may be kept, and they must measure at least 18 inches.

Wisconsin River (including Lake WI and sloughs, bayous (Okee Bay, Whalen’s Grade), flowages and tributaries upstream to the first dam or highway bridge)

(F)

  • Muskellunge must measure at least 50 inches.
  • The daily bag limit on catfish is 10.
  • The season for catfish is open all year except from the Prairie du Sac Dam downstream to the Highway 12 bridge, where the open season is May 6 through Nov. 30.
  • From the Wisconsin Dells Dam upstream, only one northern pike may be kept, and it must measure at least 32 inches.
  • Upstream from the Prairie du Sac Dam, walleye and sauger from 15 inches but less than 20 inches and only one over 28 inches may be kept.
  • Below the Prairie du Sac Dam, only three walleye or sauger may be kept, and walleye must measure at least 18 inches, and sauger or hybrids must measure at least 15 inches.

Crawford County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Crawford County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River forms part of the Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters.

Wisconsin River (including all sloughs, bayous, flowages, and tributaries upstream to the first dam or highway bridge)

  • The open season includes tributaries upstream to the first highway bridge.
  • Only 10 catfish may be kept.
  • Walleye must measure at least 18 inches, and sauger or hybrids must measure at least 15 inches, with a daily bag limit of three in total.

Dane County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Dane County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Belleview Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Busseyville (Koshkonong) Creek downstream from County Highway B

(F)

  • Only three walleye or sauger may be kept, and they must measure at least 18 inches.

Fish Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Indian Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Lake Koshkonong

(F)

  • Only three walleye or sauger may be kept, and they must measure at least 18 inches.

Lake Mendota including Sixmile Creek, Pheasant Branch Creek, Yahara River, Cherokee Lake, and Warner Park Lagoons

(S)

  • Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must measure at least 40 inches.
  • Only three walleye or sauger may be kept, and they must measure at least 18 inches.

Lake Monona including Starkweather and Wingra creeks

(S)

  • Muskellunge must be at least 50 inches.

Mud Lake (NW corner of Dane Co., west of Fish Lake; S3&4,T9N,R7E)

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.

Lake Waubesa including Nine Springs Creek, Swan Creek, and Upper Mud Lake

(S)

  • Muskellunge must be at least 50 inches.

Lake Wingra

(S)

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Muskellunge must be at least 50 inches.

Wisconsin River including all sloughs, bayous, flowages, and tributaries upstream to the first dam or highway bridge

(S)

  • Upstream of the Highway 12 bridge, muskellunge must be at least 50 inches.
  • The open season includes tributaries upstream to the first highway bridge.
  • The season for catfish is open all year except from the Prairie du Sac Dam downstream to the Highway 12 bridge, where the open season for catfish is May 6 through Nov. 30.
  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches, and sauger or hybrids must be at least 15 inches, with a daily bag limit of three in total.

Yahara River from Tenney Locks downstream to Babcock Dam

(S)

  • Muskellunge must be at least 50 inches.

Dodge County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Dodge County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Beaver Dam Lake (including Beaver Creek, Mill Creek and all tributaries)

  • Only three walleye may be kept, and they must measure at least 18 inches.

Beaver Dam River (downstream from the dam in the city of Beaver Dam)

(F) Regulations apply.

Crawfish River

(F) Regulations apply.

Fox Lake and its tributaries and connected open waters

(S)

  • Only three walleye may be kept, and they must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must measure at least 18 inches.
  • Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must measure at least 32 inches.

Lake Emily

  • Only two northern pike may be kept, and pike from 25 to 35 inches must be released.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Lake Sinissippi

(F) Regulations apply.

Lost Lake

(F) Regulations apply.

Rock River (designated shore fishing locations only within the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge)

(F) Note: The refuge does not allow sinkers or lures containing lead.

Rubicon River

(F) Regulations apply.

Wildcat Creek

(F) Regulations apply.

Door County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Door County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Clark Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Kangaroo Lake

  • Only three walleye may be kept, and they must measure at least 18 inches.

Lake Michigan, Green Bay, and Sturgeon Bay

  • See the Lake Michigan regulations.

Mink River

  • Fish refuge (season closure) downstream to the mouth at Rowley Bay from the First Sunday in March through June 15.

Tributaries to Lake Michigan and Green Bay

  • See the tributary regulations.

Douglas County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Douglas County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Amnicon Lake

(S)

  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches.

Allouez Bay

(S)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Bond Lake

(S)

  • Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32 inches.
  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18 inches.

Beauregard Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14 inches.

Eau Claire, Lower

(S)

  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches.
  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18 inches.

Kimballs Bay

(S)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Lake Nebagamon

(S)

  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches.

Lake Superior

  • Excluding Allouez Bay, Little Pokegama Bay, Pokegama Bay, and Kimballs Bay: See the Lake Superior regulations.

Little Pokegama Bay

(S)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Lyman Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish may be over 14 inches.

Minnesuing Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish may be over 14 inches.

Minong Flowage (upstream to and including Cranberry Lake)

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14 inches.

Nemadji River

(S)

  • The muskellunge season is open from May 27 through Dec. 31 (on open water only), and muskellunge must be at least 50 inches.
  • The northern pike season is from May 13 through March 1, with a daily bag limit of 2.
  • Walleye and sauger season is open May 13 through March 1, with a daily bag limit of 2.
  • The bass season is open from May 27 through March 3, and five bass may be kept, with a minimum length of 12 inches.
  • Lake sturgeon may be caught and released from June 16 to April 14.

Pokegama Bay

(S)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Red Lake

(S)

  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches.

St. Louis Bay

(S)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

St. Louis River

(S)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Superior Bay

(S)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Upper St. Croix Lake

(S)

  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18 inches.

Whitefish Lake

(S)

  • Largemouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Only one smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18 inches.

Dunn County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Dunn County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Chippewa River (includes tributaries from their mouths upstream to the first road or railroad bridge)

  • (F)

Dunnville Bottoms

  • (F)

Eau Galle River (downstream from L. Eau Galle)

  • (F)

Lake Menomin (including the Red Cedar River upstream from the Lake Menomin Dam to the Cedar Falls Dam)

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Only three walleye from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 24".

Red Cedar River (from the Chippewa River to Lake Menomin)

  • (F)

Tainter Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Eau Claire County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is permitted county-wide in Eau Claire County, allowing each person to use up to three hooks, baits, or lures.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Altoona Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Chippewa River

  • Upstream from the Dells Pond Dam, including Dells Pond upstream to the Chippewa Falls Flowage Dam:
    • Only three walleye less than 14” may be kept, except one fish may be over 18”.
  • Downstream of the Dells Pond Dam (includes all tributaries of the river from their mouths upstream to the first road or railroad bridge):
    • (F) Five walleye may be kept and they must be at least 15".

Eau Claire, Lake

  • 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of any one species.

Eau Claire River

  • Eau Claire River (from the Altoona Lake Dam downstream):
    • (F) Five walleye may be kept and they must be at least 15".
  • Altoona Lake upstream to the Lake Eau Claire Dam:
    • Only three walleye from 15" but less than 20" may be kept except one fish may be over 24".
  • Lake Eau Claire Dam upstream:
    • Only three walleye from 15" but less than 20" may be kept except one fish may be over 24".

Half Moon Lake

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept except one fish may be over 18".

Florence County

General Regulations

Florence County, located in the Northern Bass Zone, allows motor trolling county-wide. Each person can use one hook, bait, or lure, with a maximum of three lines per boat.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Brule River (and its flowages)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.

Cosgrove and Little Cosgrove Lakes

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept except one fish may be over 18".

Ellwood Lake

  • Only one northern pike may be kept and it must be at least 40".

Halsey Lake

  • 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of one species.
  • Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14” may be kept, except one fish over 18” may be kept.

Keyes Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14” may be kept, except one fish over 18” may be kept.

Menominee River (and its flowages)

  • Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.

Sea Lion Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 18".
  • 15 panfish may be kept, but no more than 5 of one species.

Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes

  • During May and June, 15 panfish may be kept, but no more than 5 of one species.
  • Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14” may be kept, except one fish over 18” may be kept.
  • Walleye must be at least 18".

Fond du Lac County

General Regulations

In Fond du Lac County, there's a county-wide daily bag limit of 25 for catfish, except on Lake Winnebago system waters. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Fond du Lac River

  • Refer to the Winnebago System Waters regulations.

Forest Lake

  • Catch and release only for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, and northern pike.

Kettle Moraine Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Five northern pike of any length may be kept.

Long Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Five northern pike of any length may be kept.

Mullet Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept.

Rock River

  • Walleye of any length may be kept.

Tittle Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Five northern pike of any length may be kept.

Winnebago, Lake

  • Refer to the Winnebago System Waters regulations.

Wolf Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".

Forest County

General Regulations

Forest County, located in the ceded territory, follows Northern Bass Zone rules, with motor trolling permitted county-wide (three hooks, baits, or lures per person).

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Brule River

  • Part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.

Butternut Lake

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept, except one fish may be over 18".

Crane Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 18".

Franklin Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept, except one fish may be over 18".

Hilbert Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 18".

Julia Lake (S12, T38N, R11E)

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish may be over 14".
  • Muskellunge must be at least 28".

Jungle Lake

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Walleye must be at least 18".

Kentuck Lake

  • 25 panfish may be kept, but only 10 of any one species.
  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".

Lake Lucerne

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Walleye must be at least 18".

Luna Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".

McKinley Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".

Pickerel Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 18".

Roberts Lake

  • Five bass of any length may be kept.

Stevens Lake

  • Only two northern pike may be kept, and they must be at least 26".

Trump Lake

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept, except one fish may be over 18".

Wabikon/Riley Lakes

  • 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of one species.

White Deer Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".

Grant County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is allowed county-wide, with three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Mississippi River

  • Subject to Wisconsin-Iowa boundary water regulations.

Wisconsin River

  • Including all sloughs, bayous, flowages, and tributaries upstream to the first dam or highway bridge.
  • The open season includes tributaries upstream to the first highway bridge.
  • Only three walleye or sauger may be kept.
  • Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Sauger and hybrids must be at least 15".

Green County

General Regulations

Motor trolling is allowed county-wide, with three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Pecatonica River

  • Subject to special regulations (F).

Green Lake

General Regulations

  • Catfish regulations follow those of the Winnebago system waters county-wide.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Fox River (Below Princeton Dam)

  • Regulations align with the Winnebago System Waters regulations.

Fox River (Above Princeton Dam)

  • Subject to special regulations (F).

Lake Maria

  • Subject to special regulations (F).

Lake Puckaway

  • Subject to special regulations (F).
  • Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32 inches.

Puckyan River

  • Regulations align with Winnebago system waters regulations.

Iowa County

General Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Blackhawk Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18 inches.
  • Largemouth or smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Cox Hollow Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18 inches.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Twin Valley Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18 inches.

Pecatonica River (East Branch)

  • Subject to special regulations (F).

Wisconsin River

  • Subject to special regulations (F).
  • The open season includes tributaries upstream to the first highway bridge.
  • Only three walleye or sauger may be kept, with walleye required to be at least 18 inches and sauger or hybrids at least 15 inches.

Iron County

General Regulations

  • Iron County is in the ceded territory.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing one hook, bait, or lure per person, with a maximum of three lines per boat.
  • Tributaries to Lake Superior have special regulations for walleye, sauger, and northern pike. See the Lake Superior regulations.
  • Northern Bass Zone rules apply, with exceptions outlined below.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Bear River

  • Walleye must be at least 12 inches, and only one over 15 inches may be kept.

Bearskull Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Evelyn Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18 inches.

Flambeau River (above Turtle Flambeau Flowage)

  • Walleye must be at least 12 inches, and only one over 15 inches may be kept.

Flambeau River, North Fork

  • Only three walleye 15 inches but less than 20 inches may be kept, except one fish may be over 24 inches.

Gile Flowage

  • Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, except one fish may be over 18 inches.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept, and crappies must be at least 10 inches.
  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14 inches.

Grand Portage

  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches.

Island Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14 inches.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Manitowish River (upstream of the Flambeau River to the Rest Lake Dam)

  • Walleye must be at least 12 inches, and only one over 15 inches may be kept.

McDermott Lake

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Mercer Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches.

Montreal River (West Branch)

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14 inches.

O’Brien Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18 inches.

One Man Lake

  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18 inches.

Owl Lake

  • Muskellunge must be at least 28 inches.

Pine Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14 inches.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Sherman Lake

  • Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14 inches.

Spider Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Trude Lake

  • Walleye must be at least 12 inches, and only one over 15 inches may be kept.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept, and crappie must be at least 10 inches.
  • Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, except one fish over 18 inches may be kept.

Turtle/Flambeau Flowage

  • Walleye must be at least 12 inches, and only one over 15 inches may be kept.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept, and crappie must be at least 10 inches.
  • Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14 inches may be kept, except one fish over 18 inches may be kept.

Turtle River, Little

  • Walleye must be at least 12 inches, and only one over 15 inches may be kept.

Wilson Lake

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 12 inches and greater than 16 inches may be kept.

Jackson County

General Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Lake Arbutus

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Black River (downstream of the dam in Black River Falls)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Buffalo River (including tributaries)

  • Five northern pike of any length may be kept.

Trempealeau River (including tributaries)

  • Five northern pike of any length may be kept.

Lake Wazee

  • Only two bass and two walleye may be kept.
  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Jefferson County

General Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Regulations by Waterbody

Bark River (from the mouth upstream to the former Hebron Dam at Highway 106)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Bark River (all other areas)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Bean Lake

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Busseyville (Koshkonong) Creek (from the mouth upstream to Co. Highway B)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Crawfish River (from the mouth upstream to and including the Highway 19 bridge)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Crawfish River (all other areas)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Golden Lake

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids may be kept and they must be at least 18".

Goose Lake

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Hahns Lake

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Lake Koshkonong (and connected tributaries upstream to the first dam unless otherwise listed)

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids may be kept and they must be at least 18".

Mud Lake (at Koshkonong)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Red Cedar Lake

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Rock River (from the Indianford Dam upstream to the lower Watertown Dam) and connected tributaries (upstream to the first dam unless otherwise listed)

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids may be kept and they must be at least 18”.

Rock River (all other areas)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Scuppernong River (downstream from the dam at Palmyra)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Waterloo Creek (Maunesha River downstream from the former Malthouse Dam)

  • Fishing regulations apply (specifics not provided).

Juneau County

Lemonweir River (including all sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge)

  • Only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 28".

Wisconsin River (including all sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge except the western boundary of the Wisconsin River on Lake Petenwell is Cty Highway G)

  • Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Only one northern pike may be kept and it must be at least 32".
  • Only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 28".

Yellow River (including all sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge)

  • Only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 28".

Kenosha County

Countywide Regulations

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18" in length.

Fox River

  • (F)

Lake Michigan

  • See the Lake Michigan regulations.

Tributaries to Lake Michigan

  • See the tributary regulations.

Paddock Lake

  • During May and June, 15 panfish may be kept, but no more than five of any one species.

Silver Lake

  • Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32" in length.
  • Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18" in length.

Vern Wolf Lake

  • Only 10 panfish may be kept.

Kewaunee County

Countywide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide with three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Lake Michigan

  • See the Lake Michigan regulations for applicable rules.

Tributaries to Green Bay and Lake Michigan

  • See the tributary regulations for specific guidelines.

La Crosse County

Countywide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide with three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Black River

  • Including tributaries up to the first road crossing or dam.
  • (F) regulations apply.

La Crosse River

  • Downstream from the Lake Neshonoc dam, including sloughs and bayous upstream to the first dam or highway bridge.
  • (F) regulations apply.

Mississippi River

  • Part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Lafayette County

Countywide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide with three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Pecatonica River

  • Entire East Branch and the West Branch from the US Highway 151 bridge downstream, and from the junction of the East and West branches downstream.
  • (F) regulations apply.

Yellowstone River

  • Downstream from the Yellowstone Lake Dam.
  • (F) regulations apply.

Yellowstone Lake

  • Including the Yellowstone River from the lake upstream to Co. Highway.
  • Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Walleye, sauger, and their hybrids between 15" and 18", and largemouth and smallmouth bass between 12" and 15" may be kept with a daily combined bag limit of two fish in total.

Langlade County

Langlade County is situated in the ceded territory and features a portion within the Northern Bass Zone. Fishing regulations are as follows:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide with three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes and Springs Regulations

  • Big Twin Lake: Allows for keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species.
  • Crooked Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Crystal Lake: From May to June, 15 panfish may be kept, with a restriction of five of any one species. During the rest of the season, 25 panfish are allowed.
  • Dynamite Lake: Allows for keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species.
  • Greater Bass Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".
  • Horseshoe Lake (T33N R10E S17): Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Jessie Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Krause Springs: Bass season from May 6 to Oct. 15, with a daily bag limit of five in total.
  • Little Partridge Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Long Lake (T33N R10E S35): Allows for keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species.
  • McGee Lake: Artificial lure only season for bass from May 6 to Oct. 15, with a daily bag limit of five in total.
  • Meyer Lake: Allows for keeping 15 panfish, with a limit of five of any one species.
  • Moose Lake: From May to June, 15 panfish may be kept, with a restriction of five of any one species. During the rest of the season, 25 panfish are allowed.
  • Mueller Lake: Allows for keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species.
  • Partridge Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Pence Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Pickerel Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Post Lake (Lower and Upper): Allows for keeping two northern pike, which must be at least 26".
  • Rabe Lake: Bass season from May 6 to Oct. 15, with a daily bag limit of five in total.
  • Remington Lake: Designated as an urban fishing water.
  • Rogers Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Rolling Stone Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Rose Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Saddlebag Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Saul Springs: Bass season from May 6 to Oct. 15, with a daily bag limit of five in total.
  • Sawyer Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". Largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 12" and greater than 16" may be kept.
  • Townline Lake (T33N R10E S6): Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • White Lake: From May to June, 15 panfish may be kept, with a restriction of five of any one species. During the rest of the season, 25 panfish are allowed.

Lincoln County

Lincoln County, located in the ceded territory, features a portion within the Northern Bass Zone. Fishing regulations are detailed below:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing one hook, bait, or lure per person, with a maximum of three lines per boat.

Specific Lakes and Reservoirs

  • Ament Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Bass Lake (Bass and Long Lake Chain): Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".
  • Crystal Lake: Allows for keeping 15 panfish, with a maximum of five of any one species.
  • Echo Lake: Allows for keeping 15 panfish, with a maximum of five of any one species.
  • Henson Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Hilderbrand Lake: From May to June, 15 panfish may be kept, with a restriction of five of any one species. During the rest of the season, 25 panfish are allowed.
  • Hilts Lake: Allows for keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species.
  • Larson Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Long Lake (Bass and Long Lake Chain): Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".
  • Mirror Lake: Designated as an urban fishing water.
  • Moraine Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Muskellunge Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".
  • Pesobic Lake: From May to June, 15 panfish may be kept, with a restriction of five of any one species.
  • Rice Reservoir Chain (including Bridge Lake, Deer Lake, Lake Nokomis, and Rice River Flowage combined): Allows for keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species. Only three walleye from 15" but less than 20" may be kept except one fish may be over 24".
  • Tahoe Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Wisconsin River Segments

The Wisconsin River segments and their regulations are as follows:

  • Lake Alice from Kings Dam upstream to Hat Rapids Dam: Follows the Northern Bass Zone rules.
  • Lake Mohawksin from Pride Dam upstream to Kings Dam: Boundary marked by the Tomahawk Railway Railroad Bridge on the west side of Lake Mohawksin. (F)
  • Grandmother Flowage from Grandmother Dam upstream to Pride Dam: Boundary marked by the confluence of the Spirit River 1.25 miles downstream from the Spirit River Flowage Dam. (F)
  • Grandfather Flowage from Grandfather Dam upstream to Grandmother Dam: (F)
  • Lake Alexander from Alexander Dam upstream to Grandfather Dam: Allows for keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28". (F)
  • Merrill Flowage from Merrill Dam upstream to Alexander Dam: Allows for keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28". (F)
  • Wisconsin River from Wausau Dam in Marathon County upstream to Merrill Dam: Allows for keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28". (F)

Manitowoc County

Manitowoc County provides diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations outlined as follows:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes and Rivers

  • Bullhead Lake: From May to June, 15 panfish may be kept, with a limit of five of any one species. Throughout the rest of the season, 25 panfish are allowed.
  • English Lake: Allows for keeping 15 panfish, with a maximum of five of any one species.
  • Harpt Lake: Up to 25 panfish may be kept, with a restriction of 10 of any one species.
  • Long Lake: Allows for keeping 15 panfish, with a maximum of five of any one species.
  • Pigeon Lake: Permits keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species.
  • Manitowoc River: Allows for keeping only two northern pike, each must be at least 26".
  • Silver Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18". Additionally, three walleye may be kept, each must be at least 18". Ten panfish are allowed, and only one northern pike may be kept, which must be at least 32".
  • Lake Michigan: Follows the regulations set for Lake Michigan.
  • Tributaries to Lake Michigan: Regulations are outlined separately and should be referred to for specific guidelines.

Marathon County

Marathon County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations outlined for various lakes, rivers, and creeks:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes, Rivers, and Creeks

  • Big Bass Lake (S): Allows keeping largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14", except for one fish over 18".
  • Big Eau Pleine Reservoir:
    • Upstream to the East Highway 153 bridge: Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32".
    • Upstream from Dam Road: Allows keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 24".
  • Big Rib River (S):
    • Upstream from Highway 29: Allows keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
    • Downstream from Highway 29: Allows keeping five walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
  • Eau Claire River (S):
    • Downstream from the Schofield Dam: Allows keeping five walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
  • Johnson Creek (S):
    • Upstream of CTH X: Allows keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
    • Downstream of CTH X: Allows keeping five walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
  • Little Eau Claire River (S):
    • Upstream of CTH X: Allows keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
    • Downstream of CTH X: Allows keeping five walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
  • Little Eau Pleine River (S):
    • Upstream from STH 34: Allows keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
    • Downstream from STH 34: Allows keeping five walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
  • Peplin Creek (S):
    • Upstream of CTH X: Allows keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
    • Downstream of CTH X: Allows keeping five walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
  • Pike Lake: From May to June, 15 panfish may be kept, with a limit of five of any one species. Throughout the rest of the season, 25 panfish are allowed. Only two northern pike may be kept, and they must be at least 26".
  • Wausau, Lake: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Wisconsin River (S):
    • Upstream of the Wausau Dam to the Merrill Dam: Allows keeping three walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".
    • Downstream of the Wausau Dam: Allows keeping five walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 28".

Marinette County

Marinette County offers diverse fishing opportunities, with specific regulations outlined for various lakes, rivers, and flowages:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes, Rivers, and Flowages

  • Caldron Falls (S): Muskellunge must be at least 50". Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Eagle Lake: Requires walleye to be at least 18" for keeping.
  • High Falls (S): Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Hilbert Lake: Requires walleye to be at least 18" for keeping.
  • Newton Lake, Big: Requires walleye to be at least 18" for keeping.
  • Newton Lake, Little: Requires walleye to be at least 18" for keeping.
  • Oneonta Lake: Requires walleye to be at least 18" for keeping.
  • Peshtigo Flowage (Peshtigo Dam to Potato Rapids Dam): Follows Northern Bass Zone regulations.
  • Thunder Lake: Requires walleye to be at least 18" for keeping.

Additional Information

  • Green Bay: Considered part of Lake Michigan.
  • Tributaries to Green Bay: Regulations can be found in the tributary regulations.
  • Menominee River (and its flowages): Forms part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.

Marquette County

Marquette County offers various fishing opportunities with specific regulations for different lakes and rivers:

County-wide Regulations

  • Catfish regulations follow those of the Winnebago system waters.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes and Rivers

  • Buffalo Lake: Follows specific regulations outlined.
  • Fox River: Follows specific regulations outlined.
  • Grand River (from the Grand River wildlife area dam downstream to the Fox River): Follows specific regulations outlined.
  • Mason Lake: Allows keeping only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" except for one fish over 18". Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32”.
  • Sharon Lake: Allows keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Tuttle Lake: Allows keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • White Lake: Allows keeping largemouth bass of any length.
  • Wood Lake: Allows keeping largemouth bass of any length.

Additional Information

  • Please adhere to the specific regulations outlined for each water body to ensure compliance with local fishing guidelines.

Menominee County

Menominee County is a Native American reservation. State laws apply to non-Native Americans fishing on the Menominee Reservation. All waters are closed to hook and line sturgeon fishing. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person. For tribal policies, please inquire at tribal headquarters.

Milwaukee County

Certain waters in Milwaukee County are designated as urban or special waters with different regulations. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person. For regulations regarding Lake Michigan and its tributaries, please refer to the Lake Michigan regulations and tributary regulations respectively.

Monroe County

Monroe County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations for various water bodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes and Rivers

  • Black River (including tributaries up to the first road crossing or dam): Follows specific regulations outlined.
  • East Fork Lemonweir River (upstream to the Highway 173 bridge): Allows keeping only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", except for one fish over 28".
  • Fort McCoy US Army Installation: Requires a Fort McCoy fishing permit approval in addition to a Wisconsin fishing license and trout stamp when fishing for trout. For more information, contact the Directorate of Public Works at Fort McCoy or visit their website.
  • Lake Tomah: Allows keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, which must be at least 18". Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 40".
  • Lemonweir River (including all sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first water control structure, dam, or highway bridge): Allows keeping only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20", with an exception for one fish over 28".
  • South Fork Lemonweir River (upstream to the Tomah Dam): Follows specific regulations outlined.

Additional Information

  • Anglers should refer to the specific regulations for each water body to ensure compliance with local fishing guidelines.

Oconto County

Oconto County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations for various water bodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes and Rivers

  • Anderson Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Archibald Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50", and walleye must be at least 18".
  • Bass Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Bear Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". Only three walleye may be kept per day from Bear/Munger lakes combined.
  • Boot Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Caldron Falls: Muskellunge must be at least 50". Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Chain Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Crooked Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • John Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Kelly Lake: Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.
  • Maiden Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Munger Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". Only three walleye may be kept per day from Bear/Munger lakes combined.
  • Paya Lake: Allows keeping five smallmouth and largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass must be at least 14". Largemouth bass between 14-18” may not be kept, and only one over 18” may be kept. Allows keeping only 10 panfish.
  • Reservoir Pond (including Horn, Explosion, and Little Horn lakes combined): Walleye must be at least 18". Only three walleye may be kept per day from these lakes combined.
  • Surprise Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Townsend Flowage: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Waubee Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Wheeler Lake: Allows keeping only 10 panfish. Walleye must be at least 18". Allows keeping five largemouth or smallmouth bass of any length.
  • White Potato Lake: Allows keeping five largemouth or smallmouth bass (largemouth of any length, smallmouth must be at least 14").

Additional Information

  • Anglers should review specific regulations for each water body to ensure compliance with local fishing guidelines.

Oneida County

Oneida County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations for various lakes, rivers, and tributaries:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing one hook, bait, or lure per person, with a maximum of three lines per boat.

Specific Lakes and Rivers

  • Amber Lake (formerly Squaw Lake): Allows keeping 15 panfish, with no more than five of any one species. Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14". Muskellunge must be at least 28".
  • Bearskin Lake: Allows keeping only 10 panfish. Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14". Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18". Muskellunge must be at least 28".
  • Bird Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Booth Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 28".
  • Burrows Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".
  • Carrol Lake: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Clear Lake (S16, T39N, R7E): Muskellunge must be at least 50". Only one walleye may be kept, and it must be at least 18", but walleye from 22"-28" may not be kept.
  • Cranberry Lake (Eagle Chain - see Vilas Co): Allows keeping only walleye and sauger less than 14”, except one fish over 18” may be kept.
  • Crescent Lake (near Rhinelander): Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14". Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18".
  • Diamond Lake: Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Gilmore Lake: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Hasbrook Lake: Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Indian Lake: Allows keeping 15 panfish, with no more than five of any one species.
  • Katherine Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50". Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length. Only one walleye may be kept, and it must be at least 18", but walleye from 22"-28" may not be kept.
  • Julia Lake (Three Lakes Area; S6, T38N, R12E): Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14". Muskellunge must be at least 28".
  • Julia Lake (near Rhinelander, S12, T36N R08E): Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.
  • Madeline Lake: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Maple Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Mercer Lake: Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Minocqua Chain: Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length. No walleye may be kept - catch and release only. Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Moen Chain: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of anyone species. Allows keeping only three walleye from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 24".
  • North Nokomis Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept, except one fish may be over 18".
  • Oneida Lake: Allows keeping only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" except one fish may be over 18". Allows keeping 15 panfish, with no more than five of any one species. Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Pelican Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18". Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Rainbow Flowage: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Rice Reservoir Chain: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than 10 of any one species. Allows keeping only three walleye from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 24".
  • Shishebogama Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". Allows keeping 25 panfish, with no more than five or fewer can be bluegill and pumpkinseed over 7". Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14” may be kept, except one fish over 18” may be kept.
  • Squash Lake (T36N, R7E, S24): Walleye must be at least 18". Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.
  • Squirrel Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Stella Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 18". Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Sugar Camp Chain (Dam lake, Sand lake, Echo lake, Chain lake, Stone lake, and connecting waters combined): Allows keeping only three walleye from 15" but less than 20", except one fish may be over 24".
  • Three Lakes Chain: Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Thunder Lake (T38N, R10E): Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Two Sisters Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Willow Flowage: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Wisconsin River: Different regulations apply to various segments, including restrictions on walleye sizes and catch limits.

Additional Information

  • Anglers should review specific regulations for each water body to ensure compliance with local fishing guidelines.

Outagamie County

Outagamie County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations for different water bodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • The daily bag limit on catfish is 25, except on Winnebago system waters.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Rivers

  • Embarrass River: Regulations follow the Winnebago System Waters regulations.
  • Fox River (from Appleton Lock 1 downstream to De Pere Dam): Allows keeping five northern pike of any length. Muskellunge must be at least 50" with an open season from May 27 to December 31. Walleye, sauger, and their hybrids of any length may be kept.
  • Fox River (from Appleton Lock 1 upstream to Neenah-Menasha dams): Continuous open season on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Open season on northern pike is from May 6 to March 3, 2024. Only two northern pike may be kept, and pike between 25-35" must be released. Walleye, sauger, and their hybrids of any length may be kept. Muskellunge must be at least 50" with an open season from May 27 to December 31.

Additional Rivers

  • Shioc River: Regulations follow the Winnebago System Waters regulations.
  • Wolf River: Regulations follow the Winnebago System Waters regulations.

Ozaukee County

Ozaukee County has specific regulations for designated urban waters:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Waters

  • Lake Michigan: Regulations follow the Lake Michigan regulations.
  • Tributaries to Lake Michigan: Regulations follow the tributary regulations.

Pepin County

Pepin County offers various fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Waters

  • Chippewa River (upstream of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy railroad bridge): Allows keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Eau Galle River: Regulations apply.
  • Lake Pepin: Part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.
  • Mississippi River: Part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Pierce County

Pierce County offers various fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Waters

  • Mississippi River (Including Lake Pepin): Part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.
  • Nugget Lake: Only largemouth or smallmouth bass under 14" may be kept except one fish may be over 18".
  • St. Croix River: Part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Polk County

Polk County, located in the ceded territory, has specific fishing regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Border Waters between Burnett and Polk Counties

  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept in all waters that are border waters between Burnett and Polk counties.

Specific Lakes

  • Balsam Lake: Only two northern pike may be kept and they must be at least 26". Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Bear Trap Lake: Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept except one fish may be over 18".
  • Big Butternut Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Big Round Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Bone Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Cedar Lake: Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Deer Lake: Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept except one fish may be over 18".
  • Half Moon Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Horseshoe Lake (T34N R15W): Only two northern pike may be kept and they must be at least 26".
  • Largon Lake: Only one northern pike may be kept and it must be at least 32".
  • Long Lake (T34N R17W S6, S7): Only two northern pike may be kept and they must be at least 26".
  • Loveless Lake: Only two northern pike may be kept and they must be at least 26".
  • Pipe and North Pipe Lakes: Five largemouth and smallmouth bass in total may be kept, but only one may be a smallmouth bass and it must be at least 18”. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Wapogasset Lake: Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept except one fish may be over 18".
  • Ward Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept. Walleye must be at least 18".

Portage County

Portage County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Lakes and Rivers

  • Bass Lake: Follows specific regulations.
  • Collins Lake: Only two northern pike may be kept and they must be at least 26".
  • Emily Lake: 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Jacqueline Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and they must be at least 18". Only one northern pike may be kept and it must be at least 32".
  • Jordan Pond: Only two northern pike may be kept and they must be at least 26".
  • Lime Lake: 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of any one species.
  • Little Eau Claire River: Follows specific regulations.
  • Little Eau Pleine Flowage: Follows specific regulations.
  • Little Eau Pleine River (upstream of State Highway 34): Follows specific regulations.
  • Little Eau Pleine River (downstream of State Highway 34): Follows specific regulations.
  • Mill Creek: Follows specific regulations.
  • Pleasant Lake: Follows specific regulations.
  • Wisconsin River (including all sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge): Follows specific regulations. Five northern pike of any length may be kept on Lake DuBay. Downstream from the Lake DuBay Dam, only one northern pike at least 32" may be kept, and muskellunge must be at least 50".

Price County

Price County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.
  • Except for specific exceptions, Northern Bass Zone rules apply.

Specific Lakes and Rivers

  • Bass Lake (T40N, R2W, S15 - West of Park Falls): Only three walleye of any length may be kept.
  • Butternut Lake: 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of any one species. Three walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Cochran Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Cranberry Lake: Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Elk River and its impoundments, sloughs, and tributaries: Follow specific regulations based on different segments.
  • Flambeau River and its impoundments, sloughs, and tributaries: Follow specific regulations based on different segments.
  • Jump River (and its tributaries upstream to the first dam or lake): Only three walleye less than 14” may be kept, except one fish may be over 18”.
  • Newman Lake: Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Pike Lake Chain (includes Pike, Round, Turner, Amik lakes and connecting waters combined): Follow specific regulations.
  • Riley Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Sailor Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Solberg Lake (including tributaries up to the first dam or lake): Follow specific regulations.
  • Twin Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Racine County

Racine County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.
  • Only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids may be kept county-wide, and they must be at least 18".

Specific Waterbodies

  • Bohners Lake: Allows for keeping 15 panfish, with a limit of five of any one species.
  • Browns Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike of any size. Largemouth bass must be at least 16".
  • Eagle Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, and it must be at least 22". Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 40".
  • Fox River (downstream from the dam at Waterford): Follows specific regulations.
  • Rockland Lake: Allows keeping largemouth bass less than 12" and greater than 16".

Lake Michigan and Tributaries

  • Regulations for Lake Michigan and its tributaries follow specific guidelines.

Richland County

Richland County provides fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Waterbodies

  • Lee Lake: Allows keeping only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids, and they must be at least 18".
  • Wisconsin River (including all sloughs, bayous, flowages, and tributaries upstream to the first dam or highway bridge): Follows specific regulations for walleye, sauger, or hybrids.

Rock County

Rock County offers fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Waterbodies

  • Lake Koshkonong (and connected tributaries upstream to the first dam unless otherwise listed): Allows keeping only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids, and they must be at least 18".
  • Lake Leota: Permits keeping only 10 panfish. Only three walleye may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Rock River (from the Indianford Dam upstream to the lower Watertown Dam) and connected tributaries: Follows specific regulations for walleye, sauger, or hybrids. In all other areas, similar regulations apply.

Rusk County

Rusk County provides fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Waterbodies

  • Chippewa River (from Lake Holcombe Dam upstream to the Arpin Dam including tributaries upstream to the first dam or lake and the Flambeau River downstream from the Thornapple Dam including tributaries upstream to the first dam or lake): Allows keeping only three walleye less than 14” except one fish may be over 18”.
  • Flambeau River and its impoundments, sloughs, and tributaries upstream to the first dam or lake: Follows specific regulations for walleye and panfish depending on the segment.
    • Big Falls Flowage dam (Flambeau river) upstream to Crowley Flowage dam (North Fork Flambeau river) in Price County
    • Dairyland Reservoir dam upstream to Big Falls Flowage dam
    • Ladysmith Flowage dam upstream to Dairyland Reservoir dam
    • Thornapple Flowage dam upstream to Ladysmith Flowage dam
  • Flambeau River, South Fork and its impoundments, sloughs, and tributaries upstream to the first dam or lake: Allows keeping only three walleye from 15" but less than 20" except one fish may be over 24".
  • Holcombe Flowage: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Island Chain of Lakes (Chain, Clear, Island, and McCann lakes combined): Permits keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length. Only three walleye may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Jump River (and its tributaries upstream to the first dam or lake): Allows keeping only three walleye less than 14” except one fish may be over 18”.
  • Murphy Flowage: Permits keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, and it must be at least 18". Only two northern pike may be kept, and they must be at least 26". Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Pulaski Lake: Allows keeping only three walleye, and they must be at least 18". Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Sand Lake: Permits keeping only three walleye, and they must be at least 18". Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.

Sauk County

Sauk County provides fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Waterbodies

  • Baraboo River: (F)
  • Devils Lake: Allows keeping only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" except one fish may be over 18". Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32". Spears, bows/crossbows, and similar devices are prohibited.
  • Dutch Hollow Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike except pike between 25-35” must be released.
  • Lake Redstone: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Mirror Lake: Allows keeping five northern pike except pike between 25-35” must be released.
  • Virginia Lake: Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Wisconsin River (including Lake WI and all sloughs (Gallus Slough), bayous, flowages, and tributaries upstream to the first dam or highway bridge): (F) Upstream from the Highway 12 bridge, muskellunge must be at least 50". The season for catfish is open all year except from the Prairie du Sac Dam downstream to the Highway 12 bridge, where the open season is May 6 through Nov. 30. From the Wisconsin Dells Dam upstream, only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32". Upstream from the Prairie du Sac Dam, walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20" and only one fish over 28" may be kept. Below the Prairie du Sac Dam, only three walleye or sauger may be kept, and walleye must be at least 18" and sauger or hybrids must be at least 15".
  • White Mound Lake: Allows keeping only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14" except one fish may be over 18".

 

Sawyer County

Sawyer County, situated in the ceded territory, offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations tailored to different waterbodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing one hook, bait, or lure per person and three lines maximum per boat.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Birch Lake: Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Black Lake: Permits keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, which must be at least 18". Muskellunge must be at least 28".
  • Blueberry Lake: Allows keeping 15 panfish during May and June, and 25 panfish during the rest of the season. Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Chetac Lake, Big: Allows motor trolling with three hooks, baits, or lures per person. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Chippewa Flowage: Permits keeping largemouth bass of any length and smallmouth bass must be at least 14". Only 10 panfish may be kept. Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Chippewa River (downstream from Winter Dam including all tributaries upstream to the first dam or lake): Muskellunge must be at least 50”.
  • Christner Lake: Allows keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, which must be at least 18". Only 10 panfish may be kept.
  • Grindstone Lake: Motor trolling is permitted. Muskellunge must be at least 50". Only walleye less than 14” may be kept except one fish may be over 18”.
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Chain (Lac Courte Oreilles Lake, Little Lac Courte Oreilles Lake, and Billy Boy Flowage): Motor trolling is permitted. Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Nelson Lake: Allows keeping only one northern pike, which must be at least 32". Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Radisson Flowage: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Round Lake Chain (Round and Little Round lakes): Motor trolling is permitted. Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Sissabagama Lake: Allows keeping only 10 panfish. Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Whitefish Lake: Motor trolling is permitted. Muskellunge must be at least 50". Walleye must be at least 18".

Shawano County

Shawano County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations tailored to different waterbodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • The daily bag limit on catfish is 25, except on Winnebago system waters.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Caroline Pond: Allows keeping only two northern pike, which must be at least 26".
  • Cloverleaf Chain of Lakes: Permits keeping 25 panfish of any length, with exceptions for bluegill and pumpkinseed.
  • Pella Pond: Allows keeping only two northern pike, which must be at least 26".
  • White Clay Lake: Allows keeping 25 panfish, but only 10 of any one species.

Sheboygan County

Certain waters in Sheboygan County are designated as urban waters and have different regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing one hook, bait, or lure per person, with a maximum of three lines per boat.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Big Elkhart Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Crystal Lake: Allows keeping 15 panfish during May and June, and 25 panfish during the rest of the season. Five northern pike of any length may be kept.

St. Croix County

St. Croix County, located in the ceded territory, has specific regulations for various waterbodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • The daily bag limit on panfish in all inland waters is 10 in total.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Bass Lake, Glen Lake, Squaw Lake: Allows keeping largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14", except for one fish over 18".
  • Dry Dam Lake: Allows keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass and one northern pike, meeting specified size requirements.
  • St. Croix River (including Lake St. Croix): Forms part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.

Taylor County

Taylor County, located in the ceded territory, offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations tailored to different waterbodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Chequamegon Waters (Miller Dam Flowage): During May and June, 15 panfish may be kept, but only five of any one species. During the rest of the season, 25 panfish may be kept.
  • Jump River (and tributaries): Allows keeping only walleye less than 14”, with an exception for one fish over 18”.
  • Kathryn Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Rib Lake: Permits keeping 25 panfish, but only 10 of any one species.
  • Spruce Lake: Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.
  • Twin Lakes (North and South): Permits keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.

Trempealeau County

Trempealeau County also provides various fishing opportunities with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Black River (including tributaries): Requires adherence to specific regulations.
  • Buffalo River (upstream of Highway 93 bridge): Allows keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Mississippi River: Part of the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.
  • Osseo Club Pond: Permits keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.
  • Trempealeau River (upstream of the dam in Blair): Allows keeping five northern pike of any length.

Vernon County

Vernon County also offers unique fishing experiences with specific regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Jersey Valley Lake: Allows keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, which must be at least 18".
  • Mississippi River: Contains boundary waters with Minnesota and Iowa. Consult specific regulations for these areas.

VILAS

Vilas County is in the ceded territory. Motor trolling is permitted county-wide (1 hook, bait or lure per person; 3 lines maximum per boat), Northern Bass Zone rules apply.

  • Allequash Lake: During May and June, 15 panfish may be kept, but only five of any one species. During the remainder of the season, 25 panfishmay be kept.
  • Amber Lake (formerly Squaw Lake): 15 panfish may be kept, but no more than five of any one species. Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14". Muskellunge must be at least 28".
  • (S) Annabelle Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Anvil Lake: Only one walleye of at least 18" may be kept, except walleye from 22"-28" may not be kept.
  • Arbor Vitae, Big: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Arbor Vitae, Little: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Basin Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Bear Lake: Five walleye of any length may be kept.
  • Bear River: Walleye must be at least 12”, and only one over 15” may be kept.
  • Big Lake (S13, T43N, R8E): Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • (S) Big Lake (S4, T42N, R6E): Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14". Largemouth and smallmouth bass may not be kept (catch and release only).
  • Big Bateau Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Big Crooked Lake (S12, T42N, R6E): Five walleye of any length may be kept.
  • (S) Big Muskellunge Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14". Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Big Portage Lake: Only walleye less than 14” may be kept, except one fish may be over 18”. Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • (S) Big Sand Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50". 25 panfish of any length may be kept, except five or fewer can be bluegill and pumpkinseed over 7".
  • Birch Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • (S) Bittersweet Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass may not be kept.
  • Boulder Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18". Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Buckatabon Lakes, Upper and Lower combined: Largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length may be kept.
  • Crab Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Crampton Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Crystal Lake (S1, T42N, R10E): Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Cyrus Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • (S) Dead Pike Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Deerskin Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Eagle Chain (and connecting waters including Catfish, Cranberry, Duck, Eagle, Lynx, Otter, Scattering Rice, Voyageur, Watersmeet and YellowBirch lakes combined): Only walleye less than 14” may be kept except, one fish may be over 18”.
  • (S) Ellerson Lakes (East and Middle): Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Escanaba Lake: There is a continuous open season on all species except walleye. Walleye fishing season is open from the second Saturday in June to the first Sunday in March (June 10, 2023 to March 3, 2024). Three walleye from 15" but less than 20" may be kept and only one fish may be over 24" until department notification that the annual quota has been reached, and thereafter only catch-and-release fishing for walleye is allowed. Lead tackle less than 1" in diameter or 1 oz. in weight is prohibited.
  • Fishtrap Lake: 15 panfish may be kept, but only five of any one species.
  • (S) Forest Lake: Only walleye less than 14” may be kept except, one fish may be over 18”. Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Found Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Gresham Lake, Upper: Muskellunge must be at least 28".
  • (S) Gunlock Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". 25 panfish of any length may be kept, except five or fewer can be bluegill and pumpkinseed over 7". Only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14” may be kept, except one fish over 18” may be kept.
  • High Lake: 15 panfish may be kept, but only five of any one species.
  • Ike Walton Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Jenny Lake: Five walleye of any length may be kept.
  • Kentuck Lake: 25 panfish may be kept, but only 10 of any one species. Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least18".
  • (S) Lac Vieux Desert: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters. Only three walleye may be kept and they must be at least 18".
  • Laura Lake: Only one walleye of at least 18" may be kept, except walleye from 22"-28" may not be kept.
  • (S) Little Bass Lake (S15, T40N R8E): Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Little Presque Isle Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • (S) Little St. Germain: 25 panfish may be kept, but only 10 of any one species. Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Little Trout Lake: Walleye must be at least 18".
  • (S) Long Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50". Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Lost Canoe Lake: Only walleye less than 14” may be kept, except one fish may be over 18”.
  • Mamie Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Manitowish River (including Benson, Sturgeon and Vance lakes) downstream from the Rest Lake Dam: Only three walleye may be kept and they must be at least 12”, and only one can be over 15”.
  • Mill Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Mystery Lake: There is a continuous open season on all species. Walleye of any length may be kept.
  • Nebish Lake: There is a continuous open season on all species. Only bass 14" or less can be kept. Lead tackle less than 1" in diameter or 1 oz. in weight is prohibited. Walleye of any length may be kept.
  • North Crab Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Norwood Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • (S) Oberlin Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass may not be kept (catch and release only).
  • Oxbow Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • (S) Pallette Lake: There is a continuous open season on all species. Only one smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 22". The lake trout season is closed. Lead tackle less than 1" in diameter or 1 oz. in weight is prohibited. Walleye of any length may be kept.
  • Palmer Lake: 25 panfish may be kept, but only 10 of any one species.
  • (S) Papoose Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Partridge Lake: During May and June, 15 panfish may be kept, but only five of any one species. During the remainder of the season, 25 panfish maybe kept.
  • Pickerel Lake: 25 panfish may be kept, but only 10 of any one species.
  • Pike Lake Chain (Amik, Pike, Round and Turner lakes combined): 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of any one species. Only three walleye from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 24". Motor trolling is allowed with three hooks, baits or lures per person in Amik, Pike, Round and Turner lakes.
  • Plum Lake (S9, T43N, R8E): Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • (S) Plum Lake (S36, T41N R7E): Only walleye less than 14” may be kept except one may be over 18”. Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Presque Isle Chain (Including Presque Isle, Averill, Van Vliet lakes combined): Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14". Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18". Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • (S) Prong Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass may not be kept (catch and release only).
  • (S) Razorback Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Roach Lake (S7, T43N, R8E): Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Rock Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Rush Lake: 15 panfish may be kept, but only five of any one species.
  • (S) Salsich Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Sanford Lake: Five walleye of any length may be kept.
  • Sherman Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Shishebogama Lake: Walleye must be at least 18". 25 panfish of any length may be kept, except five or fewer can be bluegill and pumpkinseed over7". Largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 14” may be kept, except one fish over 18” may be kept.
  • (S) Smith Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass may not be kept (catch and release only).
  • Smoky Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters. Largemouth or smallmouth bass between 14-18" must be released, and only one bass over 18" may be kept.
  • (S) Sparkling Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18". Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Spruce Lake: There is a continuous open season on all species. Only artificial flies and lures may be used. Largemouth bass season is open all year; only two may be kept and they must be at least 12". Walleye of any length may be kept.
  • Star Lake: Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14". Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Stateline Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Tenderfoot Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • Trilby Lake: There is no open season.
  • (S) Trout Lake: Muskellunge must be at least 50". Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • Turtle Lakes (North and South): Walleye of any length may be kept, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Twin Lakes (North and South, combined): Muskellunge must be at least 50". Walleye over 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish can be over 24".
  • (S) Wabasso Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18".
  • West Bay Lake: Is part of the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
  • (S) West Plum Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18". Only walleye less than 14” may be kept except one maybe over 18”.
  • (S) White Sand Lake—Highway K (T42N, R7E, S27): Walleye must be at least 18". Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18". Muskellunge must be at least 50”.
  • (S) Whitney Lake: Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept and it must be at least 18". Only two northern pike may be kept and they must be at least 26".
  • Wolf Lake: Five walleye of any length may be kept.

Walworth County

Walworth County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations tailored to different waterbodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.
  • The county-wide regulation allows keeping only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids, which must be at least 18".

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Beulah Lake: Permits keeping only largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 12" and over 16".
  • Delavan Lake: Allows keeping only one northern pike, which must be at least 32", and one largemouth or smallmouth bass, which must be at least 18".
  • Eagle Spring and Lulu Lakes (and the portion of the Mukwonago River connecting the two lakes): Permits keeping only 10 panfish, with specific regulations for bass and northern pike.
  • Geneva Lake: Specifies regulations for muskellunge and northern pike.
  • Lauderdale Lakes (Green, Middle, and Mill): Allows keeping only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14", with exceptions.
  • Tripp Lake: Permits keeping 25 panfish, with restrictions on the number of each species.

Washburn County

Washburn County, located in the ceded territory, offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations tailored to different waterbodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.
  • With exceptions, there is no minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass in all waters of Washburn County.

Notable Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Balsam Lake: Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be at least 14".
  • Bass (Patterson) Lake: Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Bear Lake: Requires walleye to be at least 18".
  • Big McKenzie Lake: Mandates walleye to be at least 18".
  • Birch Lake: Sets the daily bag limit of panfish at 25, with specific restrictions on bluegill. Walleye must be at least 18".
  • Long Lake (including Mud and Little Mud lakes combined): Requires walleye to be at least 18".
  • Minong Flowage (including Cranberry Lake; upstream to the confluence of Totagatic River and Bergen Creek): Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Namekagon River: Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be at least 14".
  • Nancy Lake: Mandates walleye to be at least 18".
  • Red Cedar Lake: Requires largemouth and smallmouth bass to be at least 14".
  • Shell Lake: Allows keeping walleye of any length, but only one fish can be over 14".
  • Slim Lake: Permits keeping only two northern pike, which must be at least 26".
  • Totagatic River: Mandates largemouth and smallmouth bass to be at least 14".
  • Trego Flowage: Requires largemouth and smallmouth bass to be at least 14".

Washington County

Washington County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations tailored to different waterbodies:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.
  • Only three walleye, sauger, or their hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".

Regulations for Specific Waterbodies

  • Cedar Lake, Big: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species. Permits keeping two northern pike, but pike between 25-35" must be released.
  • Cedar Lake, Little: Permits keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species. Allows keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Erler Lake: Allows keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, which must be at least 18". Permits keeping 10 panfish.
  • Gilbert Lake: Permits keeping 25 panfish, with a limit of 10 of any one species. Allows keeping two northern pike, but pike between 25-35" must be released.
  • Lake Twelve: Allows keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, which must be at least 18". Permits keeping 10 panfish.
  • Silver Lake: Allows keeping 15 panfish, with a limit of five of any one species.

Waukesha County

Waukesha County provides various fishing opportunities with specific regulations to ensure sustainable practices:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.
  • Only three walleye, sauger, and their hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18" (excluding Lac LaBelle).

Special Waters Regulations

  • Big Muskego (including Bass Bay): Only one largemouth or smallmouth bass may be kept, minimum size 18". Allows keeping 15 panfish, minimum size 8". Permits keeping two northern pike, except pike between 25-35" may not be kept.
  • Eagle Spring and Lulu lakes (and portion of Mukwonago River connecting the two lakes): Allows keeping 10 panfish. Only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14" may be kept, except one fish may be over 18". Permits keeping one northern pike, minimum size 32".
  • Lac LaBelle: Only one walleye may be kept, minimum size 28". Closed season on flathead catfish. Allows keeping 15 panfish. Permits keeping one northern pike, minimum size 32".
  • Okauchee Lake: Permits keeping two northern pike, but pike between 25-35" must be released.
  • Pewaukee Lake: Only one northern pike may be kept, minimum size 32".
  • Upper Oconomowoc Lake: Permits keeping two northern pike, but pike between 25-35" must be released.

Waupaca County

Waupaca County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations to ensure sustainable practices:

County-wide Regulations

  • The daily bag limit on catfish is 25, except on Winnebago system waters.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing one hook, bait, or lure per person, with a maximum of three lines per boat.
  • All waters except Lake Winnebago System waters allow keeping only three walleye or sauger, minimum size 18".

Specific Water Regulations

  • Brekke Lake: Allows keeping only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14", except one fish may be over 18".
  • Campbell Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Crystal Lake: Allows keeping only two northern pike, minimum size 26".
  • Graham Lake: Allows keeping 15 panfish, with a restriction of only five of any one species.
  • Hartman Creek State Park lakes (Allen, Hartman, and Mid): Permits keeping 15 panfish, with a restriction of only five of any one species.
  • Hatch Lake: Permits keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, minimum size 18".
  • Iola Millpond: Allows keeping only 10 panfish.
  • Kinney Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Marion Pond: Allows keeping only two northern pike, minimum size 26".
  • School Section Lake: Permits keeping 25 panfish, with a restriction of only 10 of any one species.
  • Shadow Lake: During May and June, allows keeping 15 panfish, with a restriction of only five of any one species. During the remainder of the season, permits keeping 25 panfish.
  • Stratton Lake: Permits keeping 25 panfish, with a restriction of only 10 of any one species.
  • White Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike, but fish between 25-35" must be released. Allows keeping 25 panfish, with a restriction of only 10 of any one species.

Winnebago System Waters Regulations

  • Certain waters like Cincoe Lake, Embarrass River, Little Wolf River, Partridge Crop Lake, Partridge Lake, Waupaca River, and Wolf River have specific regulations under the Winnebago System Waters, and anglers should refer to these regulations for compliance.

Waushara County

Waushara County offers diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations to ensure sustainable practices:

County-wide Regulations

  • The daily bag limit on catfish is 25, except on Winnebago system waters.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Water Regulations

  • Alpine Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Bean’s Lake: No specific regulations provided.
  • Big Hills Lake: Allows keeping 25 panfish, with a restriction of only 10 of any one species. Largemouth bass of any length may be kept. Permits keeping five northern pike of any length.
  • Fox River: Refer to the Winnebago System Waters regulations.
  • Hartford Lake: Allows keeping only one largemouth or smallmouth bass, minimum size 18". The combined daily bag limit on panfish is 10 in total.
  • Huron Lake: Permits keeping five largemouth and smallmouth bass in total. Largemouth bass of any length may be kept, but smallmouth bass must be 14". Allows keeping 10 panfish.
  • Irogami Lake: During May and June, allows keeping 15 panfish, with a restriction of only five of any one species. During the remainder of the season, permits keeping 25 panfish. Permits keeping two northern pike, except pike from 25-35" may not be kept.
  • Johns Lake: Allows keeping largemouth bass of any length.
  • Kusel Lake: During May and June, allows keeping 15 panfish, with a restriction of only five of any one species. During the remainder of the season, permits keeping 25 panfish.
  • Lake Poygan: Refer to the Winnebago System Waters regulations.
  • Little Hills Lake: Allows keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length. The combined daily bag limit on panfish is 10 in total.
  • Long Lake: Permits keeping only 10 panfish. Allows keeping two northern pike, except pike from 25-35" may not be kept.
  • Morris Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike of any size.
  • Pine Lake: Permits keeping five northern pike of any size.
  • Pine River (downstream from the dam at Poysippi): Refer to the Winnebago System Waters regulations.
  • Porters Lake: Allows keeping 15 panfish, with a restriction of only five of any one species.
  • Pumpkinseed Creek: Refer to the Winnebago System Waters regulations.
  • Round Lake (S35, T20N, R11E): Allows keeping only largemouth or smallmouth bass less than 14", except one fish may be over 18" with a daily bag limit of three in total.
  • Willow Creek (downstream from the dam at Auroraville): Refer to the Winnebago System Waters regulations.
  • Wilson Lake: Allows keeping two northern pike, except pike from 25-35" may not be kept.
  • Witters Lake: Allows keeping 15 panfish, with a restriction of only five of any one species. Permits keeping largemouth and smallmouth bass of any length.

Winnebago County

Winnebago County provides diverse fishing opportunities with specific regulations in place to ensure sustainable practices:

County-wide Regulations

  • The daily bag limit on catfish is 25, except on Winnebago system waters.
  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Little Lake Butte des Morts

  • Continuous open season on largemouth and smallmouth bass.
  • Open season on northern pike is May 6 to March 3, 2024. Only two northern pike may be kept, and pike between 25-35" must be released.
  • Walleye, sauger, and their hybrids of any length may be kept.
  • Open season on muskellunge is May 27 through Dec. 31, and they must be at least 50".

Winnebago System Waters

  • Regulations vary; refer to the specific Winnebago System Waters

Wood County

Wood County, situated in the ceded territory, implements the following fishing regulations:

County-wide Regulations

  • Motor trolling is permitted county-wide, allowing three hooks, baits, or lures per person.

Specific Water Regulations

  • Buena Vista Creek (upstream to the Nepco Dam): Only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 28".
  • Nepco Lake: During May and June, 15 panfish may be kept, but only five of any one species. During the remainder of the season, 25 panfish may be kept. Only three walleye, sauger, and their hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Wazeecha Lake: Only three walleye, sauger, and their hybrids may be kept, and they must be at least 18".
  • Wisconsin River (including all sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge): Only one northern pike may be kept, and it must be at least 32". Only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 28". Muskellunge must be at least 50".
  • Yellow River (downstream from the Highway 54 dam at Dexterville including all sloughs, bayous, and flowages upstream to the first dam or highway bridge): Only walleye and sauger from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 28".
  • Hook and line fishing is open all year for all fish species except muskellunge, lake sturgeon, trout, paddlefish, and threatened or endangered fish.

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