Wisconsin DNR: Inland Trout Catch & Release Season Opens Jan. 7th

Posted on 12-28-2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced yesterday (27 Dec) that the early inland streams catch and release season for trout will open on January 7th, 2023, and run until May 5th, 2023.

During this time, anglers are invited to fish for Wisconsin’s inland trout species, but are reminded that *all trout caught will need to be immediately released*.

When the general inland hook and line season opens on May 6th, 2023, anglers may harvest these species, while following bag limit regulations and length requirements.

Anglers wishing to participate in this season will need to possess an inland trout stamp in addition to their 2022-2023 fishing license, which is valid until March 31st, 2023.

Starting April 1st, 2023, anglers will need to possess a 2023-2024 fishing license and new inland trout stamp.

All regulations apply. See Guide to Wisconsin’s Trout Fishing Regulations for details.  More information on trout fishing can be found on the DNR’s Inland Trout Fishing webpage.