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Register May 2018 No. 749
Chapter NR 23
WISCONSIN-MICHIGAN BOUNDARY WATERS
NR 23.01   Purpose.
NR 23.015   License waiver.
NR 23.02   Definitions.
NR 23.03   General restriction.
NR 23.04   Reciprocity.
NR 23.05   Hook and line fishing.
NR 23.055   Modifications in daily bag limit and minimum size limit in response to tribal harvest.
NR 23.06   Dip nets.
NR 23.07   Minnows.
NR 23.08   Motor trolling.
NR 23.085   Spearing.
NR 23.09   Ice fishing.
NR 23.10   Fishing near dams.
NR 23.11   Conflicting rules.
NR 23.12   Special lake sturgeon hook and line fishing requirements.
Ch. NR 23 Note Note: Chapter NR 23 as it existed on March 31, 1986 was repealed and a new chapter NR 23 was created effective April 1, 1986.
NR 23.01 NR 23.01Purpose. The provisions of this chapter, along with other applicable rules and statutes, regulate fishing in Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
NR 23.01 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; CR 08-010: am. Register November 2008 No. 635, eff. 4-1-09.
NR 23.015 NR 23.015License waiver. On the first Saturday and consecutive Sunday in June and the third Saturday and consecutive Sunday of January each year, no fishing license is required to fish the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
NR 23.015 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1987, No. 376, eff. 5-1-87; am. Register, April, 1989, No. 400, eff. 5-1-89; am. Register, May, 1995, No. 473, eff. 6-1-95; CR 13-001: am. Register August 2013 No. 692, eff. 9-1-13.
NR 23.02 NR 23.02Definitions. The following definitions apply to terms used in this chapter:
NR 23.02(1m) (1m) “Bag limit" or “daily bag limit" has the meaning given in s. NR 20.03 (8).
NR 23.02(2) (2) “Dip net" means a piece of netting suspended from a frame designed to be raised and lowered vertically when fishing.
NR 23.02(3) (3) “Fisher" means any person engaged in fishing.
NR 23.02(4) (4) “Length of fish" means the distance measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout of the fish to the end of its tail with the tail or caudal fin fully extended.
NR 23.02(4m) (4m) “Menominee river" means the Menominee river, all impoundments downstream to its confluence with Green Bay, and that portion of Green Bay bounded by the mouth of the Menominee river on the west, the “government pier" or breakwall on the south, the “lighthouse pier" or breakwall on the north, and a line connecting the eastern-most points of those breakwalls on the east.
NR 23.02(5) (5) “Minnow" has the meaning given it in s. 29.001 (54), Stats.
NR 23.02(6) (6) “Open season" means that period of the year established in s. NR 23.04 when a specific species of fish is allowed to be taken.
NR 23.02(7) (7) “Possession limit" has the meaning given in s. NR 20.03 (31).
NR 23.02(8) (8) “Rough fish" has the meaning given it in s. 29.001 (74), Stats., and also includes amur carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella).
NR 23.02(8m) (8m) “Safe harvest" means a level of harvest that incorporates an appropriate margin of safety, estimates of the population and acceptable exploitation rates which will reasonably prevent harvest of more than 35% of the population of adult walleyes or 27% of the population of adult muskellunge. The margin of safety assures that the true safe harvest is not exceeded in more than 1 of 40 cases. For waters where a population estimate has not been made, a regression model based upon population estimates from other waters will be used. The margin of safety used depends upon the age of the population estimate and whether a regression model was used.
NR 23.02(8n) (8n) “Secretary" means secretary of the department of natural resources.
NR 23.02(9) (9) “Sport fishing" means fishing, when authorized, with hook and line, spearing and the use of a dip net.
NR 23.02(10) (10) “Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters" means the following waters that form the interstate boundary water between the states of Wisconsin and Michigan: - See PDF for table PDF - See PDF for table PDF
NR 23.02 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; emerg. cr. (8m), eff. 5-5-89; cr. (8m) and (8n), Register, November, 1989, No. 407, eff. 12-1-89; correction in (5) and (8) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, January, 1999, No. 517; cr. (4m), am. (10) (l), Register, June, 1999, No. 522, eff. 7-1-99; CR 04-024: am. (1) and (7) Register December 2004 No. 588, eff. 1-1-05; CR 09-051: renum. (1) to be (1m), cr. (1) Register June 2010 No. 654, eff. 7-1-10; CR 17-061: r. (1) Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18.
NR 23.03 NR 23.03General restriction. Except as specifically allowed by this chapter, fishing in and possession of fishing equipment on the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters is prohibited.
NR 23.03 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86.
NR 23.04 NR 23.04Reciprocity. Residents of Wisconsin and Michigan holding a resident fishing license from their respective states, or residents of other states holding a non-resident fishing license issued by Wisconsin or Michigan, may, in conformity with this chapter, fish by hook and line; spear and use dip nets to take minnows and rough fish in the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
NR 23.04 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86.
NR 23.05 NR 23.05Hook and line fishing.
NR 23.05(1) (1) No person may use more than 3 hooks, baits or lures. The line or lines shall be attended at all times.
NR 23.05(1m) (1m) No person may set, use or operate a landing net for any purpose other than for the purpose of landing fish legally hooked or to take fish as authorized with the use of dip nets under this chapter or ch. NR 20.
NR 23.05(2) (2) Any fish taken and retained in possession that is not released freely into the water immediately after capture shall be considered part of the angler's daily bag limit.
NR 23.05(3) (3) No person may take fish by snagging or foul hooking unless authorized by s. NR 20.06.
NR 23.05(4) (4) No person may fish for fish of any variety during the closed season for trout in the Brule river upstream from the railroad bridge in section 29, township 42 north, range 34 west, Iron county, Michigan and section 25, township 41 north, range 15 east, Florence county, Wisconsin and in the Montreal river above the Saxon Falls flowage.
NR 23.05(5) (5) The seasons, size limits and bag and possession limits for hook and line fishing in the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters for the species listed in this subsection, except as provided in s. NR 23.06, are as follows: - See PDF for table PDF
NR 23.05 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; am. (5) (d), Register, November, 1988, No. 395, eff. 12-1-88; am. (5) (h), cr. (5) (i), Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90; am. (5) (g), Register, January, 1991, No. 421, eff. 2-1-91; am. (1) (c), Register, March, 1992, No. 435, eff. 4-1-92; am. (5) (intro.), (a) and (b), r. and recr. (5) (d), (e), (f) and (h), cr. (5) (j), Register, November, 1993, No. 455, eff. 1-1-94; am. (2), Register, May, 1996, No. 485, eff. 6-1-96; am. (5) (d) 1., r. (5) (d) 2., Register, January, 1999, No. 517, eff. 4-1-99; correction in (3) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, June, 1999, No. 522; am. (5) (c), Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 4-1-00; reprinted to correct error in (5) (d) 1., Register November 2001 No. 551; CR 03-014: r. and recr. (5) (c) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 4-1-04; CR 04-012: am. (5) (intro.) and (e) Register December 2004 No. 588, eff. 4-1-05; CR 06-011: am. (5) (c) 1. Register September 2006 No. 609, eff. 10-1-06; CR 08-010: cr. (1m) Register November 2008 No. 635, eff. 4-1-09; CR 09-051: cr. (5) (c) 1m. Register June 2010 No. 654, eff. 7-1-10; CR 10-025: am. (5) (d) 1. Register October 2010 No. 658, eff. 11-1-10; CR 11-006: cr. (5) (k) Register October 2011 No. 670, eff. 4-1-12; CR 13-019: am. (5) (d), (e) Register December 2013 No. 696, eff. 4-1-14; EmR1511: emerg. am. (h), eff. 5-1-15; EmR1609: emerg. am. (h), eff. 2-3-16; CR 15-042: am. (5) (h) 1., 2., cr. (5) (h) 3., 4. Register March 2016 No. 723, eff. 4-1-16; CR 15-066: am. (5) (c) 1., 1m. Register May 2016 No. 725, eff. 6-1-16.
NR 23.055 NR 23.055Modifications in daily bag limit and minimum size limit in response to tribal harvest.
NR 23.055(1) (1)Adjustment. In order to prevent a total harvest of more than 35% of the adult walleye population or 27% of the adult muskellunge population, the secretary may lower the daily bag limit on walleye or adjust size limits for walleye or muskellunge in specific waters in response to the harvest goals or actual harvest of the Chippewa Bands for their spear, net or trap fisheries. The adjusted daily bag and size limits shall be in effect until the first Sunday in March of the year following the tribal harvest. The safe harvest levels on individual waters shall be determined by the department.
NR 23.055(1)(a) (a) Walleyes. The daily bag limit may be reduced in response to harvest by the Chippewa Bands' spear, net, or trap fisheries. The extent of the reduction depends upon the percent of the safe harvest taken and the age of the population estimate used to determine the safe harvest or if a regression model was used to determine the safe harvest. The daily bag limits to be used with the different percentages and for various basis of determining the safe harvest are as follows: - See PDF for table PDF
NR 23.055(1)(b) (b) Muskellunge. The minimum size limit will be increased when the department is notified by the Chippewa bands that their harvest goal on an individual water is 60% or more of the safe harvest. The minimum size limits to be used with different percentages of the safe harvest are as follows: - See PDF for table PDF
NR 23.055(2) (2)Readjustment. In response to actual tribal harvest, the secretary may raise the daily bag limit or reduce the minimum size limit to the limit specified as appropriate using the percent of the safe harvest level expected to be harvested as indicated in sub. (1). If a new population estimate is made, the safe harvest level shall be changed accordingly and the daily bag limit or minimum size limit shall be adjusted according to the percentage of the new safe harvest level that is expected to be harvested as indicated in sub. (1). The readjusted daily bag and size limits shall be in effect until the first Sunday in March of the year following the tribal harvest.
NR 23.055(3) (3)Bag and possession limits.
NR 23.055(3)(a)(a) Reduced daily bag limits calculated pursuant to this section are individual lake limits and may be combined, but no person may exceed a total daily bag limit of 5 walleyes.
NR 23.055(3)(b) (b) While fishing no person may possess fish on any water in excess of the bag limit or under the size limit for that water.
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