Register January 2021 No. 781
Chapter NR 20
FISHING: INLAND WATERS; OUTLYING WATERS
Subchapter I — Purpose and Definitions
Subchapter II — Prohibited Methods
Hook and line fishing.
Lake sturgeon carcass tags and registration, hook and line fishing and spearing.
Restrictions on the use of bait.
Special lake sturgeon spearing restrictions.
Sturgeon spearing licenses.
Ice fishing and fishing shelter restrictions.
Setline and set or bank pole restrictions.
General netting restrictions.
Minnow collecting restrictions.
Subchapter III — Authorized Methods, Open Seasons, Daily Bag Limits and Size Restrictions on Specified Waters
Special early catch and release season for trout.
Total daily bag limits.
County and statewide table.
Subchapter IV — Department Authority
Department permitted to take fish.
Special open and closed seasons.
Alternate size and bag limits.
Modifications in daily bag limit and minimum size limit in response to tribal harvest.
Control of detrimental fish.
Permits for use of nonstandard minnow gear on inland waters.
Monthly sport trolling fishing reports.
Report of licensed guides.
Ch. NR 20 Note
Note: Chapter NR 20 as it existed on May 31, 1999, was repealed and a new chapter NR 20 was created effective June 1, 1999. This chapter interprets ss. 29.014 and 29.041, Stats.
NR 20.01 Purpose.
This chapter establishes open and closed seasons, bag limits, possession limits, size restrictions and other rules governing the taking of fish in the inland and outlying waters of Wisconsin.
NR 20.01 History
Cr. Register, May, 1999, No. 521
, eff. 6-1-99.
NR 20.03 Definitions.
In this chapter:
“Angler" means any person engaged in fishing.
“Artificial fly" means a single hook dressed with fur, feathers, hair, silk, tinsel, thread or similar material to imitate the natural food of fish.
“Artificial lure" means a spoon, spinner, jig, plug or other fish bait made of hair, feathers, cork, wood, rubber, metal, plastic or other synthetic materials, or combinations of these materials. An “artificial lure" may not include natural or organic food stuffs such as corn, marshmallows, dough, cheese, meat, living or dead organisms or parts of those items, except hair, feathers, cork, wood or rubber.
“Barbless hooks" means hooks with no barbs, or hooks with barbs that have been compressed to be in complete contact with the shank of the hook.
“Circle hook" means a hook that is curved in a circular or oval shape so that the tip of the point is turned and perpendicular to the shank and is designed so that the tip end of the hook is not offset or angled sideways and is in alignment with the shank.
NR 20.03 Note
Note: The top picture displays a J hook (left) and a circle hook (right). The bottom picture displays a non-offset hook (left) and an offset hook (right).
“Daily bag limit" means the maximum number of fish that may be reduced to a person's possession from a specified waterbody or portion of a waterbody in one day.
“Department" means the department of natural resources.
“Dip net" means a piece of netting suspended from a round or square frame that does not exceed 8 feet in diameter or 8 feet square.
“Fish length" means the distance from the tip of the snout in a straight line to the utmost end of the tail fin fully compressed.
“Fishing" or “fish", when used as a verb, means to take, capture, kill or attempt to take, capture or kill any variety of fish in the waters of the state.
“Fishing shelter" means any building, tent, vehicle, shanty or similar enclosure used for the purpose of fishing.
“Green Bay" means those waters of Lake Michigan located to the west of the Green Bay-Lake Michigan line. For the purposes of s. NR 20.20
, Green Bay shall mean Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer's Harbor, the Sturgeon Bay ship canal from Sturgeon Bay to a line located in the NE¼
of the NW¼
, section 22, T27N, R26E, Door county, commencing at a point on the southwest shore of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal directly beneath the center of the Wisconsin public service company power line and extending in a northeasterly direction beneath and parallel to the center of the power line to a point on the northeast shore of the ship canal and the Fox river from its mouth up to the dam at DePere. For purposes of this chapter, “Green Bay" does not include 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.
“Green Bay-Lake Michigan line" means a line commencing at the northwest side of the Northport dock where it joins the shoreline in section 33, T33N, R29E; then running northeasterly to the range light (signal light) on Plum island; then running along the north and west shore of Plum island to the U.S. coast guard station; then running northerly to the southwesterly point on Shellswick dock, which is located on Lobdell's point on Washington island; then running along Shellswick dock to the shoreline of Lobdell's point; then running along the west shore of Washington island to Boyer's Bluff light; then running north to its terminus at the Wisconsin-Michigan boundary line.