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In these designated waters, anglers can enjoy year-round hook and line fishing for various fish species. However, certain exceptions apply, prohibiting fishing for muskellunge, lake sturgeon, trout, paddlefish, and any threatened or endangered fish species. Additional restrictions may be specified in the Special County Regulations pertaining to the specific waterbody being fished.

Special County Regulations for Fishing

Before heading out to fish in any of the listed lakes, it's crucial to acquaint yourself with the Special County Regulations specific to the county and waterbody you're planning to visit. These regulations outline essential details such as permissible species, size restrictions, and bag limits, ensuring responsible angling practices.

Lakes with Year-Round Fishing Opportunities:

Here's a comprehensive alphabetical list of lakes along with their respective counties:

  • Bass Lake - Portage County
  • Bean Lake - Jefferson County
  • Bean's Lake - Waushara County
  • Buffalo Lake - Marquette County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Campbell Lake - Waupaca County
  • Castle Rock Flowage - Adams County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Cincoe Lake - Waupaca County
  • Columbia Lake - Columbia County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Dunville Bottoms - Dunn County
  • Goose Lake - Jefferson County
  • Hahns Lake - Jefferson County
  • Kilburn Flowage - Juneau County
  • Kinney Lake - Waupaca County
  • Lake Koshkonong - Dane, Rock, and Jefferson Counties (motor trolling allowed)
  • Lazy Lake - Columbia County
  • Little Lake Butte des Morts - Winnebago County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Long Lake - Columbia County
  • Lost Lake - Dodge County
  • Lake Maria - Green Lake County
  • Lake Michigan - Refer to Lake Michigan regulations for species open year-round
  • Mud Lake at Koshkonong - Jefferson County
  • Mullet Lake - Fond du Lac County
  • Partridge Lake - Waupaca County
  • Partridge Crop Lake - Waupaca County
  • Petenwell Flowage - Adams County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Pleasant Lake - Portage County
  • Lake Puckaway - Green Lake County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Red Cedar Lake - Jefferson County
  • Sheboygan Marsh including Sheboygan Lake and its tributaries upstream to the first road crossing - Sheboygan County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Sinnissippi Lake - Dodge County (motor trolling allowed)
  • Winnebago Waters - Lakes Winnebago, Butte des Morts, Poygan, Winneconne - Calumet, Fond du Lac, Waushara, and Winnebago Counties (motor trolling allowed)
  • Wisconsin Lake - Columbia County (motor trolling allowed)

Exploring Fishing Opportunities in Rivers and Streams

When planning a fishing trip to rivers and streams, it's essential to understand the regulations specific to each waterbody. Here's an alphabetical breakdown along with the corresponding counties:

Baraboo River - Sauk and Columbia Counties

Bark River - Jefferson County

Located downstream from the dam at Hebron.

Beaver Dam River - Dodge County

Fishing permitted downstream from the dam in the city of Beaver Dam.

Busseyville (Koshkonong) Creek - Dane and Jefferson Counties

Motor trolling allowed downstream from Co. Hwy B in Dane County.

Chippewa River (motor trolling permitted):

  • Buffalo County
  • Dunn County
  • Eau Claire County
  • Pepin County

Crawfish River:

  • Columbia County
  • Dodge County
  • Jefferson County

Eau Claire River - Eau Claire County

Accessible from the Altoona Dam downstream.

Eau Galle River:

  • Dunn County, downstream from Lake Eau Galle
  • Pepin County

Embarrass River:

  • Outagamie County
  • Shawano County, downstream from the Pella Dam
  • Waupaca County

Fond du Lac River - Fond du Lac County

Within the Fond du Lac city limits.

Fox River:

  • Brown County
  • Columbia County
  • Green Lake County
  • Kenosha County
  • Marquette County
  • Outagamie County
  • Racine County
  • Waushara County
  • Winnebago County

Grand River - Marquette County

From the Grand River wildlife area dam downstream to the Fox River.

La Crosse River - La Crosse County

Accessible downstream from the Lake Neshonoc Dam.

Lemonweir River:

  • Juneau County
  • Monroe County

Little Wolf River - Waupaca County

Accessible downstream from the dam at Manawa.

Mill Creek - Portage County

Pecatonica River:

  • Green County
  • Iowa County
  • Lafayette County

Pine River - Waushara County

Accessible downstream from the dam at Poysippi.

Puckyan River - Green Lake County

Pumpkinseed Creek:

  • Waushara County
  • Winnebago County

Red Cedar River - Dunn County

Accessible from the Chippewa River to Lake Menomin.

Rock River:

  • Dodge County
  • Fond du Lac County
  • Jefferson County
  • Rock County

Rubicon River - Dodge County

Scuppernong River - Jefferson County

Accessible downstream from the dam at Palmyra.

Shioc River - Outagamie County

Waterloo Creek - Jefferson County

Accessible downstream from the Malthouse Dam.

Waupaca River - Waupaca County

Accessible downstream from the dam at Weyauwega.

White River - Racine County

Accessible downstream from the Burlington Dam.

Wildcat (Creek) River - Dodge County

Willow Creek - Waushara County

Accessible downstream from the dam at Auroraville.

Wisconsin River:

  • Adams County
  • Columbia County
  • Crawford County
  • Dane County
  • Grant County
  • Iowa County
  • Juneau County
  • Lincoln County
  • Marathon County
  • Portage County
  • Richland County
  • Sauk County
  • Wood County

Wolf River:

  • Outagamie County
  • Shawano County
  • Waupaca County
  • Winnebago County

Yellow River:

  • Wood County
  • Juneau County

Yellowstone River - Lafayette County

Accessible downstream from the Yellowstone Lake Dam.

Unveiling the Experimental Waters of the Northern Highlands Fishery Research Area

Overview:

Escanaba, Mystery, Nebish, Pallette, and Spruce Lakes have been designated as experimental waters since 1946, forming part of the world's longest continuous record of angler harvest. Anglers must obtain a free daily fishing permit from the Escanaba Lake Research Station, located in Vilas County.

Regulations and Requirements:

  • Permit Requirement: Anglers are required to obtain a free daily fishing permit from the Escanaba Lake Research Station.
  • Location: The research station is situated three and a half miles east of Trout Lake off Highway M in Vilas County.
  • Operating Hours: During the open water season, the research station is open from 4 a.m. to 8-10 p.m., and during the ice fishing season, it operates from 4 a.m. to 6-8 p.m., with closing hours varying based on available daylight.
  • Catch Reporting: Anglers must return the permit after fishing and bring their catch to be examined by biologists for entry into the database.
  • Contact Information: For further details, contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Northern Highland Fishery Research Area, at 3110 Trout Lake Station Drive, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin 54512, or call (715) 614-4730.

Specific Regulations for Each Lake:

  1. Escanaba Lake:

    • Walleye Regulations: Three walleye between 15" and less than 20" may be kept, with only one fish allowed over 24" until the department notifies that the annual quota has been reached. After that, catch-and-release fishing for walleye is permitted.
    • Tackle Restrictions: Lead tackle (specifically jigs and split shots) greater than one inch in any dimension and less than one ounce is prohibited.
  2. Nebish Lake:

    • Smallmouth Bass Regulations: No minimum length limit, but smallmouth bass between 9" and 12" may not be kept.
    • Bait Restrictions: Live fish (minnows) bait is prohibited.
    • Tackle Restrictions: Lead tackle (specifically jigs and split shots) greater than one inch in any dimension and less than one ounce is prohibited.
  3. Palette Lake:

    • Smallmouth Bass Regulations: Minimum length limit of 22" with a daily bag limit of 1. Lake trout fishing is prohibited.
    • Tackle Restrictions: Lead tackle (specifically jigs and split shots) greater than one inch in any dimension and less than one ounce is prohibited.
  4. Spruce Lake:

    • Fishing Methods: Only artificial flies and lures are allowed.
    • Largemouth Bass Regulations: Open season all year with a minimum length limit of 12" and a daily bag limit of 2.

Exploring Special Open Seasons for Green Bay Tributaries

Overview:

Certain stream sections in the Green Bay area offer year-round fishing opportunities for various species, excluding muskellunge, lake sturgeon, lake trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and yellow perch. However, it's essential to note that tributaries to these stream sections do not have year-round open seasons.

Designated Tributaries:

  1. Duck Creek - Brown County:

    • Location: From the first dam above the Pamperin Park footbridge (Village of Howard) downstream to Green Bay.
  2. Suamico River - Brown County:

    • Location: From the CTH HS (Velp Avenue) bridge downstream to Green Bay.
  3. East River - Brown County:

    • Location: From the CTH XX (Hoffman Road) bridge downstream to the Fox River.
  4. Little Suamico River - Oconto County:

    • Location: From the CTH J bridge downstream to Green Bay.
  5. Pensaukee River - Oconto County:

    • Location: From the CTH J bridge downstream to Green Bay.
  6. Oconto River - Oconto County:

    • Location: From the Stiles dam downstream to Green Bay.
  7. Little River - Oconto County:

    • Location: From the Highway 141 bridge downstream to the Oconto River.
  8. Little River - Marinette County:

    • Location: From the Rader Road bridge downstream to Green Bay.
  9. Peshtigo River - Marinette County:

    • Location: From the Peshtigo dam downstream to Green Bay.

Important Note:

  • Restrictions: No hook and line fishing allowed for any species on all other Green Bay and Fox River tributaries and ditches, including branches to the listed streams, from their mouth up to the first dam or lake from March 6, 2016, to May 6, 2016.
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