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Wisconsin's fishing seasonsNorthern pike

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Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
General Inland Waters First Saturday in May to the first Sunday in March of the following year
Boundary and Outlying Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
Green Bay, major Green Bay tributaries, Lake Michigan Continuous
Lake Superior Continuous
Lake Superior tributaries and connected sloughs upstream to the first dam or lake First Saturday in May to March 1
Lake Superior - spearing Through the ice
Mississippi River from Prescott downstream Continuous
St. Croix River to Prescott First Saturday in May to March 1
St. Louis River Saturday 2 weeks prior to the Saturday nearest Memorial Day to March 1
Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters First Saturday in May to March 1
Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters First Saturday in May to March 1
Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters Continuous


Not all Wisconsin waters follow the fishing season dates for a species for general inland waters or boundary and outlying waters. Exceptions do exist! You must consult the special county regulations in the current hook and line or trout regulations guides, as appropriate, to determine if any special season dates exist for the particular waters you plan to fish. This is the only way to determine whether or not the waters you plan to fish follow the season dates for general inland or boundary and outlying waters listed below. Dates are inclusive and may be subject to change.

You must also consult the current fishing regulations for information concerning bag and minimum length limits for a species.

Last revised: Friday March 22 2019