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Wisconsin's fishing seasonsPanfish

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Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
General Inland Waters Continuous
Boundary and Outlying Waters Dates for Hook and Line Harvest
All other tributaries, streams, rivers and ditches to Green Bay upstream to the first dam or lake First Saturday in May to March 1, but the open season for yellow perch is May 20 to March 15
Lake Michigan, Lake Michigan tributaries Continuous, but the open season for yellow perch is June 16 to April 30
Lake Superior Continuous
Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters Continuous
Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters Continuous
Wisconsin-Michigan 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