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Wisconsin's fishing seasons

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General Inland Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Northern Zone - inland waters north of U.S. Hwy 10 (excluding Wisconsin - Michigan boundary waters) Saturday nearest Memorial Day to December 31 (open water only)
Southern Zone - inland waters south of U.S. Hwy 10 First Saturday in May to December 31
Boundary and Outlying Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Green Bay, Lake Michigan and Lake Michigan tributaries north of a line running due east from the eastern terminus of Waldo boulevard in the City of Manitowoc, all tributary streams, rivers and ditches to Green Bay upstream to the first dam or lake. Saturday nearest Memorial Day to December 31
Mississippi, St. Croix and St. Louis rivers Saturday nearest Memorial Day to November 30
Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters May 15 to December 31
Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters First Saturday in May to November 30


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.