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Wisconsin offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Give them a try!
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Fisheries Management

Fishing WisconsinInland trout fishing

Wisconsin boasts over 13,000 miles of trout streams with over 5,000 classified as high quality, class I trout streams.

fall trout fishing

It's always a great time to enjoy Wisconsin trout fishing.

Fishing Wisconsin's trout

Wisconsin trout streams (PUB-FH-806 2002) [PDF] - a comprehensive list of trout streams (updated in 2002) that includes stream name, classification of stream segment, whether public access is available and the species of trout that you might expect to catch.

Catchable-size trout fishing- every year a number of rainbow, brook and brown trout are stocked at a catchable size for fishing fun.

Trout fishing regulations

Enjoy your time on the water, but know the regulations.

Public or private? How do I know if I'm trespassing?

Stream access laws for trout fishing - Navigability determines whether a waterway is public or private. Navigable streams are public waterways. Because they are public, you may use them for fishing provided public access is available or you have permission from the land owner. As long as you keep your feet wet, you may walk along the bed of the stream and fish in any navigable stream.

Review of inland trout fishing

We launched a statewide effort in 2011 to review inland trout fishing. Trout populations, trout streams, and trout anglers themselves have changed significantly since we last collected angler input on a statewide basis 23 years ago. Learn more about the review and Wisconsin's trout anglers.

Other trout fishing resources

Check out these other trout resources to make the most of your time on the water.

Trout life history

Last revised: Monday April 06 2015