2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
October 9, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Petrowski, Kreuser, Musser,
Suder, Hines, Gunderson, Albers, Vrakas, Ladwig, Bies and Weber. Referred
to Committee on Tourism.
1An Act to create
29.425 of the statutes; relating to: the daily bag limit for
2participants in bass fishing tournaments.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law prohibits a person from possessing any wild animal, including fish,
in excess of the bag limit for that animal. This bill authorizes a participant in a bass
fishing tournament for which the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has
issued a permit, and in which each boat is equipped with a live well, to take bass in
excess of the daily bag limit under certain circumstances.
Under this bill, a bass fishing tournament participant may take bass in excess
of the daily bag limit if the participant either immediately releases the bass into the
water or holds it in a live well. Any bass held in the live well at any one time may
not exceed the daily bag limit. Any bass released back into the water must be able
to swim away in a healthy condition.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB569, s. 1
29.425 of the statutes is created to read:
129.425 Bass fishing tournaments. (1)
"Live well" means a container that 2
is used to hold live fish and that meets standards established by the department by 3
Notwithstanding s. 29.055, a participant in a bass fishing tournament for 5
which the department has issued a permit and in which each boat is equipped with 6
a live well may take bass in excess of the daily bag limit if all of the following apply:
(a) The participant either immediately releases the bass into the water from 8
which it was taken or holds the bass in a live well.
(b) The bass held in a live well by the participant at any one time does not exceed 10
the daily bag limit.
(c) Each bass when released by the participant into the water from which it was 12
taken is able to swim away in a healthy condition.