The end dates for fishing seasons vary among different fish species.
For some fish species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, Northern pike, muskellunge and walleye, the state is divided into northern and southern zones for regulation purposes.
Some lakes have location-specific regulations, and some fish species are regulated differently in different parts of the state, so this date is by no means universal.
Even so, with a few exceptions, the first Saturday in May marks the beginning of the general fishing season for species like trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, Northern pike, muskellunge and walleye.
Some lakes have location-specific seasons for various fish species, and a complete list of these waters is available on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.Many fish species have no season, which means that you can catch and keep them at anytime of year.Wisconsin has over 15,000 lakes -- more than anyone could fish in a lifetime -- including world-class fishing destinations like Lake Saint Croix, Lake Winnebago and Lake Onalaska.With a current Wisconsin fishing license, you can catch countless fish species from the state's lakes, but keeping fish out of season can result in a hefty fine.
Fishing seasons in the northern zone are often different from statewide seasons.For example, fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is strictly catch-and-release from the first Saturday in May until June 15 in the northern zone.