This is a very special weekend for fishing.  It’s Wisconsin’s annual Free Fishing Weekend (June 5 and 6).   More than 90,000 state residents purchased fishing licenses last year, joining nearly 1.4 million returning tourists 16 and older.  In case you wonder why there aren’t any kids 15 years and younger, they don’t need a fishing license to fish.  

I few things you need to know before heading out for the “big one”.  Smallmouth bass fishing is catch-and-release until June 19 in Ahnapee, Kewaunee and Mink Rivers, plus in all other Lake Michigan tributaries north of Highway 29.  Smallmouth may not be kept until July 1 in all waters within a quarter mile of all islands in the Town of Washington Island.

Muskie fishing season opened in Green Bay and Lake Michigan on May 29, with a one-fish, 54 inch minimum size limit.  Yellow perch fishing is closed on Lake Michigan and tributaries such as the Ahnapee River until June 16.  Perch fishing officially reopened on May 20 on Green Bay.

Have fun this weekend!


Posted by:  Jill



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