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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.
Fishing Wisconsin's trout
Wisconsin trout streams (PUB-FH-806 2002) - 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.
- Wisconsin trout stream maps
Arranged by county, this listing will help you find a prime stream to fish.
- Public access to trout streams on public lands
This interactive guide shows where you'll find state public lands providing easy access to trout waters.
- Wisconsin trout stream classification
Information about, and a listing of, the 10,000 miles of classified trout waters. Learn which streams have naturally reproducing trout populations, which are stocked to jump start naturally reproducing populations, and which are maintained entirely by stocking.
- To Spin or Not to Spin? To many Wisconsin Anglers, a spinning rod is the only way to go. Try these spin fishing tips from DNR fisheries biologists and technicians