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Waterbodies

General Waterbody Restrictions

  • Bag limits are for fish caught in all lakes in the WINNEBAGO CHAIN including CINCOE LAKE, LAKE BUTTE DES MORTS, LAKE WINNEBAGO, LAKE WINNECONNE, PARTRIDGE CROP LAKE, PARTRIDGE LAKE
  • Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.
  • Open all year for all species except muskellunge, northern pike, flathead catfish and lake sturgeon.

Fishing Regulations for Lake Poygan

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

FishSeasonRegulation 
CatfishOpen All YearSee specific species regulations in this group 
Channel catfishOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25, 25 in total, but only 24 if one flathead catfish is included.. 
Flathead catfishMay 5, 2018 to September 30, 2018The minimum length is 30, but flathead catfish from 36" to 42" may not be kept.The daily bag limit is 1. 
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 bassOpen All YearThe minimum length limit is 14" and the daily bag limit is 5. 
Muskellunge and hybridsMay 5, 2018 to December 31, 2018The minimum length limit is 50" and the daily bag limit is 1. 
Northern pikeMay 5, 2018 to March 3, 2019The minimum length limit is 26" and the daily bag limit is 2. 
TroutSee specific regulationshttp://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/troutregs.html 
Walleye, sauger, and hybridsOpen All YearNo minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 5, 5 in total; only 1 may be a sauger or hybrid. 
Sauger and hybridsOpen All YearThe daily bag limit is 1. 
    
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:
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