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Fishing WisconsinLake sturgeon hook and line season

Sturgeon Poster

2017 hook and line lake sturgeon regulations

  • The lake sturgeon hook and line season opens Sept. 2 and runs through Sept. 30.
  • The minimum length limit for lake sturgeon harvest is 60 inches.

Catch and release seasons

  • Catch and release season - Mississippi River 1) upstream of Red Wing Dam - June 16 - March 1;
    2) downstream of Red Wing Dam - June 16 - April 14.
  • Catch and release season - St. Croix River from Prescott to Gordon Flowage - June 16 - March 1
  • Catch and release season - St. Louis and Nemadji rivers- June 16 - April 14.
  • Catch and release season on the St. Croix River (Wisconsin/Minnesota boundary water) from October 1 - October 15

Sturgeon harvest

Anglers need to purchase a harvest tag if they intend to keep a sturgeon. The harvest tag is available throughout the season and costs $20 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. (Note: You do not need a harvest tag to catch and release sturgeon on waters open to sturgeon fishing during the open hook and line season).

Resident and nonresident lake sturgeon fishing licenses

Below is a list of resident and nonresident sturgeon fishing licenses. All licenses are available for purchase through Go Wild, DNR Service Centers or at one of our sales locations unless otherwise noted.

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Resident sturgeon fishing

Resident sturgeon fishing

Type $
Sturgeon Hook & Line Inland 20.00
Sturgeon Hook & Line Wisconsin & Michigan 20.00
Nonresident sturgeon fishing

Nonresident sturgeon fishing

Type $
Sturgeon Hook & Line Inland 50.00
Sturgeon Hook & Line Wisconsin/Michigan 50.00
Military Inland Sturgeon Hook & Line 20.00
Military WI/MI Sturgeon Hook & Line 20.00

Anglers who harvest a legal-size fish must immediately attach the harvest tag to the fish and take it to a registration station by 6 p.m. the next day for registration. How to correctly tag your sturgeon [PDF].

All anglers must have a Wisconsin general inland fishing license unless they are under 16 years old, or were born before Jan. 1, 1927. Active military personnel who are Wisconsin residents and in active service but on furlough or leave are eligible to received a free annual fishing license.

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Sturgeon head shot

Sturgeon are Wisconsin's largest and longest-lived fish.

Angling opportunities

There are angling opportunities for hook and line sturgeon anglers in specific harvest areas in some of Wisconsin's larger river systems.

Contact information
For more information, please contact:
Karl Scheidegger
Fisheries biologist
Last revised: Friday August 18 2017