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Wisconsin's fishing seasonsRuffe, white perch and gobies

Be sure to view Using these tables and definitions for help in reading these tables.

Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
General Inland Waters Closed all year, one of each may be killed and possessed for transport to a Wisconsin DNR office
Boundary and Outlying Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Michigan tributaries, major Green Bay tributaries Continuous season for white perch, no open season for ruffe or gobies
All other tributary streams, rivers and ditches to Green Bay upstream to the first dam or lake First Saturday in May to March 1 for white perch, no open season for ruffe or gobies
Lake Superior Closed all year, one of each may be killed and possessed for transport to a Wisconsin DNR office
Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters No open season for ruffe. No closed season for white perch.
Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters Closed all year, one of each may be killed and possessed for transport to a Wisconsin DNR office
Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters Closed all year, one of each may be killed and possessed for transport to a Wisconsin DNR office

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