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Wisconsin's fishing seasonsLake sturgeon

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Waters Dates for Hook & Line Harvest
Lake Winnebago system waters Closed all year to hook and line.
Spearing on Lakes Poygan, Winnecone & Butte des Morts Second Saturday in February for 16 consecutive days unless harvest cap is triggered (participation dependent on random drawing for license purchase)
Spearing on Lake Winnebago Second Saturday in February for 16 consecutive days unless harvest cap is triggered
Chippewa River: West Fork downstream from Moose Lake Dam (Sawyer Co.) and East Fork (Ashland Co.) downstream to the confluence of the Mississippi River (Pepin Co.) including sloughs, bayous, and flowages. Flambeau River: N Fork from Turtle-Flambeau Dam (Iron Co.) and S Fork (Price Co.) downstream to the confluence with the Chippewa River (Rusk Co.) including sloughs, bayous, and flowages. Butternut Lake (Price Co.) Jump River from the North and South Forks to the confluence with the Chippewa River (Rusk Co.), Yellow Lake, Little Yellow Lake, Danbury Flowage, Yellow River from Yellow Lake downstream to the Danbury Dam (Burnett Co.) Wisconsin River downstream from the Wisconsin Dells Dam First Saturday in September to September 30th
Other Inland Waters Closed all year to hook and line.
Boundary & Outlying Waters Dates for Hook & Line Harvest
Lake Superior Continuous
Lake Michigan, Lake Michigan tributaries, Green Bay, Green Bay's tributary streams, rivers and ditches upstream to the first dam or lake No open season
St. Croix River downstreams of St. Croix Falls First Saturday in September to September 30 (harvest); October 1 to October 15 (catch and release only)
Mississippi River, St. Louis River and St. Croix River upstream from the dam at St. Croix Falls No open season
Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters No open season
Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters First Saturday in September to September 30th

Exceptions

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.

Last revised: Saturday September 08 2012