Wisconsin's Inland Fishing Season Kicks Off with New Regulations

Wisconsin's Inland Fishing Season Kicks Off with New Regulations

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Anglers across Wisconsin are eagerly anticipating the opening of the general inland fishing season on Saturday, May 4. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries biologists are optimistic about anglers' success on opening day, regardless of their chosen fishing spot.

To participate in the upcoming season, all Wisconsin residents and nonresidents over the age of 16 must purchase a fishing license, which can be obtained through the DNR's Go Wild license portal or from a licensed agent.

The 2024-2025 fishing season introduces several new regulations, including a statewide daily bag limit of three walleye/sauger per day on all inland waters and a new small tournament registration requirement. Additionally, bag and length limit changes for fish species have been implemented in 26 counties across the state.

As anglers prepare for the season opener, the DNR reminds them to practice responsible fishing habits, such as minimizing the spread of aquatic invasive species, preventing the spread of fish diseases, and practicing safe catch and release techniques. Boaters are also urged to follow safe boating procedures and always wear a life jacket.

With over 15,000 inland lakes, 42,000 miles of perennial streams and rivers, and extensive Great Lakes and Mississippi River shorelines, Wisconsin provides anglers of all skill levels with a wide range of fishing opportunities. The recently updated Trout Regulations and Opportunities User Tool (TROUT) can help anglers navigate the state's 13,000 miles of trout streams, while the DNR's fishing webpage and local fisheries biologists can provide additional information on new fishing spots and launches.

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