Fishing

WISCONSIN — Mark your calendars for Winter Free Fishing Weekend, set for this Saturday and Sunday throughout Wisconsin.

On Jan. 16 and 17, anglers will be able to fish all bodies of water in the state where there is an open season. However, all other fishing regulations including limits on the number and size of fish you can keep, will still apply.

Here are the fishing regulations you'll need to know for the largest bodies throughout Sheboygan County:

Sheboygan Lake — 646 acres

  • Catfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Panfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 25
  • Largemouth, smallmouth bass — Open all year; Minimum length limit 14", Daily bag limit 5
  • Muskellunge, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; Minimum length limit 40", Daily bag limit 1
  • Northern pike — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 5
  • Trout — See specific regulations
  • Walleye, sauger, hybrids — Open all year; Minimum length limit 18", Daily bag limit 3
  • Bullheads — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit
  • Cisco and whitefish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Lake sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Paddlefish — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Rock, yellow, white bass — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit
  • Rough fish — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit
  • Round goby — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Ruffe — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Shovelnose sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • White perch — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0

Long Lake — 423 acres

  • Catfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 25
  • Panfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 25
  • Largemouth, smallmouth bass — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 14", Daily bag limit 5
  • Muskellunge, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; Minimum length limit 40", Daily bag limit 1
  • Northern pike — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; No length limit, Daily bag limit 5
  • Trout — See specific regulations
  • Walleye, sauger, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 18", Daily bag limit 3
  • Bullheads — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Cisco, whitefish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Lake sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Paddlefish — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Rock, yellow, white bass — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Rough fish — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Round goby — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Ruffe — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Shovelnose sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • White perch — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0

Elkhart Lake - 292 acres

  • Catfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Panfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 25
  • Largemouth, smallmouth bass — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 14", Daily bag limit 5
  • Muskellunge, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; Minimum length limit 50", Daily bag limit 1
  • Northern pike — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 26", Daily bag limit 2
  • Trout — See specific regulations
  • Walleye, sauger, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 18", Daily bag limit 3
  • Bullheads — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Cisco, whitefish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Lake sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Paddlefish — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Rock, yellow, white bass — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Rough fish — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Round goby — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Ruffe — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Shovelnose sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • White perch — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0

Random Lake - 212 acres

  • Catfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Panfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 25
  • Largemouth, smallmouth bass — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 14", Daily bag limit 5
  • Muskellunge, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; Minimum length limit 40", Daily bag limit 1
  • Northern pike — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 26", Daily bag limit 2
  • Trout — See specific regulations
  • Walleye, sauger, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 18", Daily bag limit 3
  • Bullheads — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Cisco, whitefish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Lake sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Paddlefish — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Rock, yellow, white bass — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Rough fish — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Round goby — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Ruffe — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Shovelnose sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • White perch — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0

Lake Ellen - 112 acres

  • Catfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Panfish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 25
  • Largemouth, smallmouth bass — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 14", Daily bag limit 5
  • Muskellunge, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; Minimum length limit 40", Daily bag limit 1
  • Northern pike — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 26", Daily bag limit 2
  • Trout — See specific regulations
  • Walleye, sauger, hybrids — Season May 2, 2020 to March 7, 2021; Minimum length limit 18", Daily bag limit 3
  • Bullheads — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Cisco, whitefish — Open all year; No length limit, Daily bag limit 10
  • Lake sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Paddlefish — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • Rock, yellow, white bass — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Rough fish — Open all year; No length limit, No daily bag limit 
  • Round goby — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Ruffe — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0
  • Shovelnose sturgeon — Closed, no fishing allowed
  • White perch — Open all year; Daily bag limit 0

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