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Fishing WisconsinCeded territory
Map showing ceded territory in the Northern Region
The Ceded Territory, shown in green on the above map, encompasses 22,400 square miles of northern Wisconsin that was ceded to the United States by the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribes in 1837 and 1842. There are 2,300 lakes larger than 25 acres in the Ceded Territory, including 919 walleye lakes (380,000 surface acres) and 623 musky lakes (301,000 surface acres). Each year, a portion of these lakes are subject to special fisheries regulations as a result of Chippewa off-reservation treaty rights that are mandated by Federal Court rulings.
For more information on the Ceded Territory, please visit the following pages:
- Background to treaty rights
- Managing fish populations in the ceded territory
- Wisconsin's walleye management plan
- Tribal harvest
- Bag limits for anglers in the ceded territory
- DNR data and reports
The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is an inter-tribal, co-management agency committed to the implementation of off-reservation treaty rights on behalf of its eleven Ojibwe member tribes. Formed in 1984 and exercising authority specifically delegated by its member tribes, GLIFWC´s mission is to help ensure significant, off-reservation harvests while protecting the resources for generations to come. Inland Fisheries staff at GLIFWC conduct numerous fisheries surveys in the ceded territories of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. GLIFWC´s fisheries assessment crews typically conduct 15 to 20 spawning adult walleye population estimates every spring, and around 100 to 150 walleye recruitment surveys every fall.
You may contact the following DNR staff members for more information about the Ceded Territory.
Joseph Hennessy Treaty Coordinator - Bureau of Fisheries Management
Dennis Scholl Treaty Fisheries Assessment Team Supervisor - Woodruff
Mike Keniry Treaty Fisheries Assessment Team Supervisor - Ashland