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Fishing Regulations for Lake Poygan


General Waterbody Restrictions
Bag limits are for fish caught in all lakes in the WINNEBAGO CHAIN including CINCOE LAKE, LAKE BUTTE DES MORTS, LAKE WINNEBAGO, LAKE WINNECONNE, PARTRIDGE CROP LAKE, PARTRIDGE LAKE
Catch and release fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is open year round unless otherwise noted.
Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.
Open all year for all species except muskellunge, northern pike, flathead catfish and lake sturgeon.

Fishing Regulations
NOTE: Regulations listed below may not reflect fish species actually found in the lake. See Lake Poygan's WDNR Lake Page for more information on this lake's characteristics.
Fish Season Regulation
Catfish Open All Year See specific species regulations in this group
Channel catfish Open All Year No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25 in total, but only 24 if one flathead catfish is included
Flathead catfish May 7, 2022 to September 30, 2022 The minimum length is 30, but flathead catfish from 36" to 42" may not be kept.The daily bag limit is 1.
Panfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed, sunfish, crappie and yellow perch) Open All Year No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25.
Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass Open All Year The minimum length limit is 14" and the daily bag limit is 5.
Muskellunge and hybrids May 7, 2022 to December 31, 2022 The minimum length limit is 50" and the daily bag limit is 1.
Northern pike May 7, 2022 to March 5, 2023 The minimum length limit is 26" and the daily bag limit is 2.
Trout See specific regulations https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/trout/
Walleye, sauger, and hybrids Open All Year No minimum length limit and the daily bag is 3, only one of which may be a sauger or hybrid
Sauger and hybrids Open All Year The daily bag limit is 1.
Bullheads Open All Year No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited.
Cisco and whitefish Open All Year No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 10.
Lake sturgeon Closed No fishing allowed.
Paddlefish Closed No fishing allowed.
Rock, yellow, and white bass Open All Year No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited.
Rough fish Open All Year No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited.
Round goby Open All Year The daily bag limit is 0. One may be killed and transported to a WDNR Office.
Ruffe Open All Year The daily bag limit is 0. One may be killed and transported to a WDNR Office.
Shovelnose sturgeon Closed No fishing allowed.
White perch Open All Year The daily bag limit is 0. One may be killed and transported to a WDNR Office.

DISCLAIMER: Information on this site is an interpretive summary of Wisconsin's fishing laws and regulations, and only applies to inland lakes. All other regulations, including those for trout and salmon, rivers, and border waters of the state (the Mississippi River or Great Lakes), can be found at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/regulations/index.html . For complete fishing laws and regulations, consult the Wisconsin State Statutes Chapter 29 and the Administrative Code of the Department of Natural Resources. The regulations listed here may not reflect the exact species found in the lake or flowage. Please check to make sure there is public access and water available for fishing. Consult the Menominee Tribal Legislature for fishing regulations within the boundaries of the Menominee Reservation.

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