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Fishing WisconsinTrout fishing regulations, 2016-2017

Trout Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017

The Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017 [PDF] contains the regulations for all Wisconsin trout seasons, including the inland waters catch and release and the extended Lake Superior tributaries seasons.

NEW! The early inland trout season on selected waters [PDF] now runs from 5 a.m. on the first Saturday in January (January 2, 2016) through the Friday preceding the first Saturday in May (May 6, 2016).


Trout regulation maps

The following state map has links for different sections of the state and are meant to be a general guide to help you locate trout waters. They do not include unnamed streams or all spring ponds. For exact boundaries of regulations and open seasons see the Guide to Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations, 2016-2017 [PDF]

To view a trout waters map, please select the region of Wisconsin you plan on fishing from the state map below. Each trout waters map is contained within an Adobe Acrobat [PDF] file. Note that the map files can be large, so please allow a few moments to download them. Your best option may be to right-click on the maps, choose "Save Target As" to save them to your hard drive and then open the file. Because the maps rely on color to denote the various regulation categories, the maps are best printed on a color printer or viewed on your monitor.

You should also consult the trout regulations key at the bottom of this page.

Last revised: Thursday March 17 2016