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Waterbodies

General Waterbody Restrictions

  • Bag limits are for fish caught in all lakes in the THREE LAKES CHAIN including BIG FORK LAKE, BIG STONE LAKE, DEER LAKE, DOG LAKE, FOURMILE LAKE, ISLAND LAKE, LAUREL LAKE, LITTLE FORK LAKE, LONG LAKE, MEDICINE LAKE, MOCCASIN LAKE, MUD LAKE, PLANTING GROUND LAKE, RANGE LINE LAKE, ROUND LAKE, SPIRIT LAKE, TOWNLINE LAKE, VIRGIN LAKE, WHITEFISH LAKE
  • Motor Trolling is allowed with 1 hook, bait, or lure per angler, and 2 hooks, baits, or lures maximum per boat.

Fishing Regulations for Big Lake

NOTE: Regulations listed below may not reflect fish species actually found in the lake. See Big Lake's WDNR Lake Page for more information on this lake's characteristics.

FishSeasonRegulation 
CatfishOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 10. 
Panfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed, sunfish, crappie and yellow perch)Open All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25. 
Largemouth bass and smallmouth bassJune 17, 2017 to March 4, 2018The minimum length limit is 14" and the daily bag limit is 5. 
Smallmouth bassMay 6, 2017 to June 16, 2017Fish may not be harvested (catch and release only) 
Largemouth bassMay 6, 2017 to June 16, 2017The minimum length limit is 14" and the daily bag limit is 5. 
Muskellunge and hybridsMay 27, 2017 to November 30, 2017The minimum length limit is 40" and the daily bag limit is 1. 
Northern pikeMay 6, 2017 to March 4, 2018No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 5. 
TroutSee specific regulationshttp://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/troutregs.html 
Walleye, sauger, and hybridsMay 6, 2017 to March 4, 2018No minimum length limit, but only 1 fish over 14" is allowed and the daily bag limit is 3. 
    
BullheadsOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited. 
Cisco and whitefishOpen All YearNo minimum length for cisco and whitefish and the daily bag limit is 25 pounds plus one more fish of either species in total. 
Lake sturgeonClosedNo fishing allowed. 
PaddlefishClosedNo fishing allowed. 
Rock, yellow, and white bassOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited. 
Rough fishOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited. 
Round gobyOpen All YearThe daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office. 
RuffeOpen All YearThe daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office. 
Shovelnose sturgeonClosedNo fishing allowed. 
White perchOpen All YearThe daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office. 

Disclaimer

DISCLAIMER: Fishing regulations found on this site only apply to inland lakes. All other regulations, including those for trout or salmon, rivers, border waters including the Mississippi River, or the Great Lakes, can be found at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/regulations/index.html. This site is not meant to be used as a guide for where to fish. Information on this site is an interpretive summary of Wisconsin's fishing laws and regulations. All fishing regulations listed may not reflect the species found in the lake or flowage. Please check to make sure there is public access and water available for fishing. For complete fishing laws and regulations, consult the Wisconsin State Statutes Chapter 29 or the Administrative Code of the Department of Natural Resources. Consult the legislative website http://docs.legis.wi.gov/ for more information.

Menominee County is a Native American reservation. Find out about tribal policies at tribal headquarters. State laws apply to non-Native Americans fishing on the Menominee Reservation. All waters are closed to hook and line sturgeon fishing.

Contact

Contacts:
For questions or problems related to the website, reports or maps: Inland Fishing Regulation Website Questions

For questions on fishing regulations in general or on specific waters: Fishing Regulation Questions