Lake Mendota Regulations
General Restrictions: Bag limits are for fish caught in all lakes in the LAKE MENDOTA including CHEROKEE LAKE, UNNAMED LAKE OR POND T8N-R9E-S36; Catch and release fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is open year round unless otherwise noted.; Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.

NOTE: Regulations listed below may not reflect fish species actually found in the lake...

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

Catfish

Open All Year: No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 10.

Panfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed, sunfish, crappie and yellow perch)

Open All Year: No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25.

Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass

May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021: The minimum length limit is 18" and the daily bag limit is 1.

Muskellunge and hybrids

May 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020: The minimum length limit is 40" and the daily bag limit is 1.

Northern pike

May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021: The minimum length limit is 40" and the daily bag limit is 1.

Trout

See specific regulations: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/trout/

Walleye, sauger, and hybrids

May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021: The minimum length limit is 18" and the daily bag limit is 3.

Bullheads

Open All Year: No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited.

Cisco and whitefish

Open All Year: No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 10.

Lake sturgeon

Closed: No fishing allowed.

Paddlefish

Closed: No fishing allowed.

Rock, yellow, and white bass

Open All Year: No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited.

Rough fish

Open All Year: No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is unlimited.

Round goby

Open All Year: The daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office.

Ruffe

Open All Year: The daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office.

Shovelnose sturgeon

Closed: No fishing allowed.

White perch

Open All Year: The daily bag limit is 0, one may be killed and possessed for transport to a wdnr office.