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Fishing WisconsinHooked on Wisconsin anglers' club

Wisconsin is a great state to fish! Every year anglers canvas the state wetting a line or two while enjoying Wisconsin's outdoors. The Anglers' Club is an award program that was created to recognize outstanding sportfishing catches from Wisconsin waters.

Brown Trout caught by flyfishing

A brown trout is gently brought to hand. DNR Photo

Three categories

Anglers can be initiated into the Anglers' Club in any of the following three categories:

  • Kept fish (meet or exceed a minimum weight standard)
  • Live release (meet or exceed a minimum length standard)
  • Mixed bag (catch and release a variety of Wisconsin fishes)


Membership in the Anglers' Club is free, but to qualify you must:

  1. possess a valid Wisconsin resident or nonresident fishing license
  2. catch a fish with pole and line according to current Wisconsin fishing regulations
  3. satisfy category criteria and correctly complete the fillable application form [PDF 143KB]
  4. enclose a closeup, side-view photograph of the fish.

Send the complete application materials (form and photograph) to:

Hooked on Wisconsin's Anglers' Club
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 South Webster Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921

What will you receive as a member of the Anglers' Club?

Anglers submitting qualifying entries, regardless of category, will receive a variety of club materials [PDF 138KB]: embroidered Hooked on Wisconsin Anglers' Club patches and a certificate. Submissions in the Kept Fish and Live Release categories will receive species patches. Patches will be awarded for every ten (10) species caught and released in the Mixed Bag category.

Who can apply for club membership?

Fishing enthusiasts of all ages (resident or nonresident) are eligible for membership. Membership is open from January 1 to December 31 of each year. Entries must be received by January 15 to qualify for the previous year's membership.

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Contact Information

For more information, or to send application materials electronically, contact:

Karl Scheidegger, Fisheries biologist

Last revised: Thursday February 16 2017