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Wisconsin's fishing seasonsTrout and salmon

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

Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Early inland trout waters Catch and Release 5 am on first Saturday in March to Sunday preceding the first Saturday in May
General Inland Trout Season First Saturday in May at 5:00 AM to September 30
Boundary and Outlying Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Mid lake reef complex Continuous except there is no open season for lake trout
Green Bay, major Green Bay tributaires, all other waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Michigan tributaries Continuous except the open season for lake trout is March 1 to October 31
All other tributary streams, rivers and ditches to Green Bay upstream to the first dam or lake First Saturday in May to March 1
Lake Superior (does not include Lake Superior tributaries) Continuous except the open season for lake trout is December 1 to September 30
All Wisconsin-Michigan Boundary waters, except as listed below. Last Saturday in April to September 30
Montreal and Menominee rivers from their mouths upstream to the first dam and Smokey Lake No closed season
Brule River (i.e., "boundary" Brule in Florence & Forest Counties) upstream from US Highway 2 Last Saturday in April to September 30

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