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New Fishing Regulations for 2022

Fishing Wisconsin

The following new regulation changes will be in effect for the May 7, 2022 fishing season opener, except as otherwise noted. Check the fishing regulations for general statewide rules and regulations on other waters.

NEW regulations for the 2022-2023 fishing season  [Download pdf]

Fish Districts Map

New regulations for each fisheries management district are listed alphabetically by district below.

Contact your local fisheries biologist if you have any questions about these regulations.

North District

Waterbody Species Regulation
Anvil Lake (Vilas County) Walleye 18” minimum length limit except fish from 22-28” may not be kept, daily bag limit of 1
Big Falls Flowage (Rusk County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Big Round Lake (Polk County) Panfish Daily bag limit of 10 in total (effective April 1, 2022)
Buckatabon Lakes, Upper and Lower combined (Vilas County) Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, daily bag limit of 5 in total
Butternut Lake (Ashland/Price counties) Muskellunge Minimum length limit of 40”, daily bag limit of 1
Clear Lake (Oneida County) Walleye 18” minimum length limit except fish from 22-28” may not be kept, daily bag limit of 1
Cranberry Lake (Price County) Panfish Daily bag limit of 10 in total (effective April 1, 2022)
Crowley Flowage (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Dairyland Reservoir (Rusk County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Escanaba Lake (Vilas County) Walleye

Opens the second Saturday in June. 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3 until an annual quota is met (announced locally), then catch-and-release to the first Sunday in March.

Elk River (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Flambeau River, including waters of the North Fork Flambeau River, between Turtle-Flambeau Dam and Thornapple Flowage Dam (Ashland, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer counties) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Grassy Lake (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Katherine Lake (Oneida County)

Walleye

18” minimum length limit except fish from 22-28” may not be kept, daily bag limit of 1

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, daily bag limit of 5 in total
Lac Sault Dore (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Ladysmith Flowage (Rusk County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Lake Chippewa from Winter Dam upstream to the Moose Lake dam on the west fork of the Chippewa River and County Highway B on the east fork of the Chippewa River (Sawyer County) Panfish Daily bag limit of 10 in total (effective April 1, 2022)
Lake Laura (Vilas County) Walleye 18” minimum length limit except fish from 22-28” may not be kept, daily bag limit of 1
Loretta Lake (Sawyer County) Panfish Daily bag limit of 25 in total
Lower Park Falls Flowage (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Namekagon River from Trego Dam to the confluence with the St. Croix River (Burnett, Washburn counties) Muskellunge Minimum length limit of 50” and a daily bag limit of 1
North Nokomis Lake (Oneida County) Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, 14-18” protected slot, only one may be over 18” long and a daily bag limit of 5 in total
Phillips Chain of Lakes (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3 chainwide
Pike Lake Chain (Price and Vilas counties) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3 chainwide
Pixley Flowage (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Presque Isle Chain (Vilas County) Muskellunge Minimum length limit of 50” and a daily bag limit of 1
Sand Lake (Sawyer County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Schoolhouse Lake—managed as a chain with same regulations as Durphee Lake (Sawyer County)

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

No minimum length limit, daily bag limit of 5 in total chainwide

Panfish Daily bag limit of 15, no more than 5 of each species chainwide
Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3 chainwide
Solberg Lake (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
South Fork Flambeau River (Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3
Tiger Cat Chain of Lakes (Sawyer County) Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, 14-18” protected slot, only one may be over 18” long and a daily bag limit of 5 in total.
Upper Park Falls Flowage (Price County) Walleye 15” minimum length limit, walleye from 20-24” may not be kept, only one over 24” may be kept, daily bag limit of 3

West District

Waterbody Species Regulation
Big Eau Pleine Reservoir (Marathon County) Panfish Daily bag limit of 10 in total (effective April 1, 2022)
Bradley Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Portage County) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Collins Lake (Portage County) Northern Pike 26” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 2
Comet Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Marathon, Shawano, Waupaca counties) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Flume Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Marathon, Portage, Waupaca counties) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Jordan Pond (Portage County) Northern Pike 26” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 2
Lake Tomah (Monroe County) Northern Pike Minimum length limit of 40” and daily bag limit of 1
Little Wolf River (Marathon, Portage, Waupaca counties – from headwaters downstream to the end of its classified section) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Nugget Lake (Pierce County) Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, 14-18” protected slot, only one may be over 18” long and a daily bag limit of 5 in total
Parker Lake (Adams County) Northern Pike

25-35” protected slot and a daily bag limit of 5

Portage County waters, except as otherwise listed in the fishing regulations

Northern Pike

North of U.S. Highway 10: no minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 5

South of U.S. Highway 10: 26” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 2
Rainy Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Portage County) Trout

8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total

South District

Waterbody Species Regulation
Big Muskego Lake and Bass Bay from Little Muskego Dam to Big Muskego Dam (Waukesha County) Northern Pike 25-35” protected slot and a daily bag limit of 5

Mill Creek from US Highway 14 upstream to Quarry Hill Road (Richland County)

Trout

Maximum length limit of 12” and a daily bag limit of 5 in total

White Mound Lake (Sauk County) Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, 14-18” protected slot, only one may be over 18” long and a daily bag limit of 5 in total.
Willow Creek from Lost Hollow Rd upstream to STH 58 bridge 0.25 miles north of Loyd (Richland County) Trout Maximum length limit of 12” and a daily bag limit of 5 in total

East District

Waterbody Species Regulation
Big Hills Lake (Waushara County) Northern Pike No length limit and a daily bag limit of 5
Butternut Lake (Forest County) Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, 14-18” protected slot, only one may be over 18” and a daily bag limit of 5 in total.
Comet Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Marathon, Shawano, Waupaca counties) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Flume Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Marathon, Portage, Waupaca counties) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Franklin Lake (Forest County) Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass No minimum length limit, 14-18” protected slot, only one may be over 18” and a daily bag limit of 5 in total.
Huron Lake (Waushara County) Panfish Daily bag limit of 10 in total (effective April 1, 2022)
Irogami Lake (Waushara County) Northern Pike 25-35” protected slot and a daily bag limit of 2
Jackson Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Shawano, Waupaca counties) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Jones Creek from headwaters to confluence with Little Wolf River (Waupaca County) Trout 8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total
Little Wolf River (Marathon, Portage, Waupaca counties – from headwaters downstream to the end of its classified section) Trout

8” minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 3 in total

Long Lake (Waushara County) Northern Pike 25-35” protected slot and a daily bag limit of 2
Morris Lake (Waushara County) Northern Pike No minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 5
North Branch Pemebonwon River (Florence, Marinette counties) Trout No length limit and a daily bag limit of 5 in total
Pine Lake (Waushara County)

Northern Pike

No minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 5

South Branch Pike River from Brock Pond downstream to the confluence with the North Branch Pike River (Marinette County)

Trout

No length limit and a daily bag limit of 5 in total

Tuttle Lake (Marquette County)

Northern Pike

No minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 5

Wausaukee River from the Wausaukee Dam downstream to the confluence with the Menominee River (Marinette County)

Northern Pike

No minimum length limit and a daily bag limit of 5

White Potato Lake (Oconto County)

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

14” minimum length limit for smallmouth bass and none for largemouth bass, daily bag limit of 5 in total

Wilson Lake (Waushara County)

Northern Pike

25-35” protected slot and a daily bag limit of 2