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2024 Wisconsin Fishing Opener

May 4 All day

Freshwater fish caught on WI fishing opener

If you love fishing, mark your calendars – the 2024-2025 Wisconsin fishing season is officially kicking off on the first Saturday in May!

But remember that different lakes and fish species can have different regulations. Before throwing a line in the water, make sure to check out The Guide To Hook And Line Fishing Season Dates. That’ll have all the info you need to find out exactly what, where and when you can fish during the season.

For more info on lakes, species, rules and fishing licenses, just visit the Wisconsin DNR webpage.

Need a place to stay on your fishing trip?

Don’t wait! Book your room now and get the best room at the best price. Book for just yourself, make it a couples fishing trip or reserve some space for the whole group.

Go on – cross it off your list. Your fishing trip is now official!

Need some updated fishing gear?

It’s time to replace and restock last season’s fishing gear.

Grab yourself the latest, best-selling bait, lures, and rod & reel combos. Now’s the time to set yourself up for an awesome fishing season. Get ready for some epic photo ops!

Need a great fishing guide?

fish of wisconsin field guide

Ready to make your fishing trip unforgettable? Grab Wisconsin’s must-have for anglers, the Fish of Wisconsin Field Guide.

With 76 species of fish and detailed illustrations, you can identify your catches in a snap. Start sorting by family and then use the “Similar Species” option to narrow it down further.

Make identifying what you caught as easy as casting your lure!


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