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Hooked on Wisconsin Anglers' Club Live release category

To be initiated into the Anglers' Club in the LIVE RELEASE category you must catch and release a fish that meets or exceeds the minimum length listed below, correctly complete the application form [PDF 29KB] and comply with the following rules:

releasing a trout

Safely releasing a trout. DNR photo

  1. The fish must be measured to nearest quarter inch from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail in the presence of one witness. The witness must attest to the measurement of the fish's length and the live release of the fish.
  2. A clear photograph showing a close-up, side-view of the fish must accompany the completed application form. Photographs of released fish MUST be taken at the catch site (no exceptions).

Qualifying Species and Lengths

Species Length (in inches) Species Length (in inches)
Lake sturgeon 65.0 Lake whitefish 24.0
Lake herring (cisco) 20.0 Coho salmon 30.0
Chinook salmon 40.0 Rainbow/Steelhead (GL) 36.0
Rainbow trout (inland) 24.0 Brown trout (GL) 33.0
Brown trout (inland) 24.0 Brook trout (GL) 20.0
Brook trout (inland) 16.0 Lake trout 34.0
Northern pike 40.0 Muskellunge 45.0
Tiger muskellunge 40.0 Bullhead (all species) 15.0
Channel catfish 30.0 Flathead catfish 40.0
Common carp 34.0 White sucker 20.0
White bass 17.0 Rock bass 12.0
Bluegill 12.0 Sunfish (all others) 11.0
Smallmouth bass 20.0 Largemouth bass 22.0
Crappie (white or black) 15.0 Yellow perch 15.0
Sauger 21.0 Walleye 29.0
Freshwater drum 28.0

Celebrating the diversity in Wisconsin fishing - The Hooked on Wisconsin Anglers' Club

Contact Information

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

Karl Scheidegger, Fisheries biologist

Last revised: Thursday April 02 2015