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New Mississippi River Regulations In Effect April 1

Contact(s): Jordan Weeks, Mississippi River fisheries team supervisor, 608-386-0970,

March 13, 2020 at 3:46:56 pm

LA CROSSE, Wis. - New fishing regulations for the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters of the Mississippi River will go into effect on April 1, 2020. The Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources worked cooperatively to develop identical regulations for Pools 3 to 9 of the Mississippi River, down to the Minnesota border with Iowa. In Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters, only walleye and sauger regulations will change. Anglers should also note that on the Minnesota side of the river, the regulations went into effect on March 1, 2020.


Wisconsin/Minnesota Boundary Waters Only, Pools 3-9

These Mississippi River fishing regulations have not been updated for several decades. Although the Mississippi River is home to diverse fisheries that have proven to be resilient to channel alterations, pollution, watershed inputs and intense fishing pressure, some fish populations have exhibited signs of stress.

"These regulation changes will proactively protect fish in light of changing conditions on the Mississippi while providing the types of fishing opportunities that anglers want to see," said Jordan Weeks, DNR Mississippi River fisheries team supervisor.

To learn more about the new Wisconsin fishing regulations, visit the DNR website here.

Last Revised: Friday, March 13, 2020

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