Wisconsin’s Hook And Line Lake Sturgeon Season Opens September 3rd

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Tuesday (8/30) that the inland hook and line season for lake sturgeon will take place September 3rd-30th on certain waters. Lake sturgeon in these waterbodies remain strong thanks to continued science-based management practices and habitat work.

To harvest a sturgeon, anglers must have a valid fishing license and purchase either an inland or boundary water sturgeon harvest tag. Licenses and tags can be purchased through Go Wild, the DNR’s online license portal, or at one of our licensed sales locations. All licenses and regulations apply.

A hook and line sturgeon tag is not required if an angler plans to release the sturgeon they catch.

The minimum length for harvesting sturgeon is set at 60 inches, with a one-fish limit per season. If an angler catches a lake sturgeon that they wish to harvest, they must immediately validate their tag.

Any harvested sturgeon must be registered at a designated registration station no later than 6 p.m. the day after they caught the fish.

If anglers catch a tagged sturgeon, they should submit the date of catch, location and tag number, color and material composition (i.e. metal or plastic) and the length of the fish to the county biologist where the fish was caught.

Tags are located near the dorsal fin of sturgeon and the information these tags contain is used to monitor the movement and growth of lake sturgeon, aiding in future species management.

The DNR encourages anglers to continue to practice responsible catch and release when releasing any fish they do not wish to keep. Advice on responsible catch and release can be found on the DNR’s responsible release webpage.

More information about inland sturgeon fishing opportunities is available on the DNR website.