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Wisconsin's fishing seasonsShovelnose sturgeon

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 - no fishing for shovelnose sturgeon
Wisconsin River downstream from Prairie du Sac dam Open all year
Boundary and Outlying Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Mississippi River from the Red Wing Dam upstream and the St. Croix and St. Louis Rivers No open season
Mississippi River from the Red Wing dam downstream Continuous
Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters Continuous
Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters Not found in drainage.
Lake Michigan Not found in drainage.
Lake Superior Not found in drainage.

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