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TROUT AND SALMON FISHING RESTRICTIONS

Legal Requirements:

  • Fishing License and Stamps:
    • It is illegal to fish without a Wisconsin fishing license or stamp as required.
    • An inland trout stamp is necessary for fishing for trout or salmon in inland waters, including streams flowing into Lake Superior.
    • A Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp is required for fishing in streams flowing into Green Bay and Lake Michigan from their mouths up to the first dam or lake.

Daily Bag Limits and Size Restrictions:

  • Minimum and Maximum Length Limits:

    • It is prohibited to possess a fish that is below the minimum length limit or above the maximum length limit established for the waters being fished.
  • Exceeding Bag Limits:

    • Taking, catching, killing, or fishing for any variety of fish in excess of the daily bag limit or total daily bag limit is unlawful.
  • Possession Limit:

    • Possessing more than the possession limit at any time is illegal. The possession limit on trout in inland waters is 10.

Bait and Hook Regulations:

  • Live Bait:

    • Moving live fish away from a water, except minnows purchased from a licensed bait dealer under specific conditions, is prohibited.
    • Using or releasing minnows on rehabilitated trout lakes identified with posted signs is illegal.
  • Artificial Lures:

    • Possessing any live bait or other baits, hooks, or lures other than artificial lures where only artificial lures are allowed is unlawful.

Miscellaneous Restrictions:

  • Trout Streams and Spring Holes:
    • It is forbidden to remove fish eggs for bait from undersized fish or fish caught during the closed season for that species.
    • Removing insect larvae from any trout stream or spring hole tributary to a trout stream for use or sale as bait is prohibited.
    • Licensed anglers may take insect larvae or nymphs from trout streams by hand during the open trout season for their immediate personal use as bait in the stream from which taken. All larvae or nymphs must be returned to the stream prior to leaving.

General Fishing Limits and Regulations

Daily Bag, Total Daily Bag, and Possession Limits:

  • Daily Bag Limit:

    • The daily bag limit is the maximum number of fish that an angler may reduce to his/her possession from a specified waterbody or a portion of a waterbody in one day.
  • Total Daily Bag Limit:

    • The total daily bag limit is the maximum number of fish that an angler may reduce to his/her possession in one day from all waters or portions of waters fished for that day.
  • Combining Catch:

    • An angler may combine the catch of a particular species from multiple waters until the total daily bag limit is reached, as long as the daily bag limit for each body of water is never exceeded.
  • Possession Limits:

    • While on the water, bank or shore of the water, or on the ice, you may not possess more than the daily limit for that body of water.
    • The possession limit is the maximum number of fish that a person may possess at any time, which is 10.

Example Scenario:

  • Example Situation:
    • If an angler catches a daily limit of Brown trout from a 3-bag limit stream, they cannot then fish another stream with a 3-Brown trout limit while still possessing the 3 Brown trout from the previous stream.

Trout and Salmon Specifics:

  • The total daily bag limit is 5 trout and salmon in total, but only 2 may be Lake trout, except as listed in the specific waters listed by county.

Lake Michigan Streams Regulations

General Regulations:

  • Scope:

    • All streams flowing into Lake Michigan and Green Bay are subject to regulations from their mouths upstream to the first dam, lake, or designated tributary.
  • Daily Bag Limit:

    • 5 trout and salmon in total.
  • Minimum Length Limit:

    • 10 inches.
  • Hook Size Restriction:

    • From Sept 15 to the first Saturday of the following May, hooks with a gap size larger than one-half inch from point to shank are prohibited.

Special Regulations:

  • Night Fishing Prohibition:

    • From Sept. 15 to Dec. 31, fishing by any method is prohibited from one−half hour after sunset to one−half hour before sunrise.
    • From Jan. 7 to the first Saturday in May, hook and line fishing is prohibited during the same hours.
  • Specific Sections with Special Regulations:

    • Peshtigo River: Upstream from the railroad bridge at the NE ¼ of the NE ¼ section 30, township 30 north, range 23 east (Peshtigo City Garage) to the first dam.
    • Oconto River: From the upstream side of Hwy 41 upstream to the first dam.
    • Little River: Upstream from the Oconto River to Hwy 141.
    • Certain sections of Lake Michigan tributaries and Green Bay tributaries.

Year-Round Season Areas:

  • Lake Michigan Tributaries and Green Bay Tributaries:
    • Duck Creek (Brown Co.)
    • Suamico River (Brown Co.)
    • East River (Brown Co.)
    • Little Suamico River (Oconto Co.)
    • Pensaukee River (Oconto Co.)
    • Oconto River (Oconto Co.)
    • Little River (Oconto Co. and Marinette Co.)
    • Peshtigo River (Marinette Co.)

Note:

  • The regulations do not apply to the Menominee River (Marinette Co.).

Trout Fishing Made Easy

New to trout fishing? Don't know where to go? Here are some trout fishing locations recommended by fisheries biologists for their ability to produce fish and their ease of access. Give them a try!

 

No Water County Origin Species No Water County Origin Species

1 Flag River

Bayfield

NR

Brn, Brk, Coho & Rbow

21 Pinnacle Rock Pond

Monroe

Stocked

Brk

2 Bois Brule River

Bayfield

NR

Brn, Brk, Coho & Rbow

22 Coon Creek

Vernon

NR/Stocked

Brn & Brk

3 South Fork White River

Bayfield

NR

Brn & Brk

23 Camp Creek

Richland

NR

Brn

4 Mimi Lake

Bayfield

Stocked

Brk

24 Mill Creek

Richland

NR

Brn

5 Devil's Creek

Ashland

NR

Brk

25 Willow Creek

Richland

NR

Brn

6 Hatchery Creek

Sawyer

NR

Brk

26 Ash Creek

Richland

NR

Brn & Brk

7 Stress Springs

Sawyer

NR

Brk

27 Honey Creek

Sauk

NR/Stocked

Brn

8 North Fok Clam River

Burnett

NR

Brn & Brk

28 Rowan Creek

Columbia

NR/Stocked

Brn & Rbo

9 Weber Lake

Iron

Stocked

Rbow

29 Big Spring Branch

Grant

NR

Brn & Brk

10 Balsam Lake

Sawyer

Stocked

Rbow

30 Big Green River

Grant

NR

Brn

11 Turtle Creek

Barron

Brn & Brk

31 Castle Rock Creek

Grant

NR/Stocked

Brn & Rbow

12 Mirror Lake

Lincoln

Stocked

Brk & Rbow

32 Blue River

Grant

NR/Stocked

Brn & Rbow

13 North Branch Oconto River

Forest

33 Borah Creek

Grant

NR

Brn

14 East Branch Eau Claire River

Langlade

NR

Brk

34 Gordon Creek

Iowa

NR

Brn

15 Remington Pond

Langlade

NR/Stocked

Brn, Brk & Rbow

35 Black Earth Creek

Dane

NR/Stocked

Brn & Rbow

16 South Branch Oconto River

Oconto

36 Rosenow Creek

Waukesha

NR

Brk

17 North Branch Beaver Creek

Marinette

37 Paradise Springs

Waukesha

NR/Stocked

Brk

18 Waupaca River

Waupaca

Stocked

Brn & Rbow

38 Mukwonago River

Waukesha

Stocked

Brk

19 Mecan River

Waushara

NR

Brn & Brk

39 Sugar River Creek

Dane

NR

Brn

20 Veterans Memorial Park Pond

La Crosse

Stocked

Rbow

40 Spring Creek (Lodi)

Columbia

NR/Stocked

Brn & Rbow

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