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Channel and flathead catfish

Wisconsin's Fishing Seasons

Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
General Inland Waters Continuous
Lower Wisconsin River (Columbia, Dane and Sauk counties) below the Prairie du Sac Dam downstream to the railroad bridge at Sauk City First Saturday in May to November 30
All tributary streams, rivers and ditches to Green Bay upstream to the first dam or lake, except Duck Creek downstream from the first dam above the Pamperin Park Footbridge in the Village of Howard excluding its tributaries, Fox River downstream from DePere Dam, Suamico River downstream from CTH HS, East River downstream from Hoffman Road (CTH XX), Brown County
First Saturday in May to the first Sunday in March of the following year
Boundary and Outlying Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters Continuous
Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters Continuous
Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters Continuous

Seasonal regulations for alternate method harvest

Catfish and bullheads can also be harvested by bow, crossbow and by hand [PDF[.  


Not all Wisconsin waters follow the fishing season dates for a species for general inland waters or boundary and outlying waters. Exceptions do exist! You must consult the special county regulations in the current hook and line or trout regulations guides, as appropriate, to determine if any special season dates exist for the particular waters you plan to fish. This is the only way to determine whether or not the waters you plan to fish follow the season dates for general inland or boundary and outlying waters listed below. Dates are inclusive and may be subject to change.

You must also consult the current fishing regulations for information concerning bag and minimum length limits for a species.