NR 20.03(26) (26)“Minnow trap" means a device for catching minnows that does not exceed 24 inches in length and does not exceed 16 inches in width with an opening in the throat of the trap that does not exceed 1½ inches in diameter.
NR 20.03(27) (27)“Muskellunge" means fish of the species Esox masquinongy and includes muskellunge - northern pike hybrids.
NR 20.03(28) (28)“Openly exposed" means open to view by a person in a passing vehicle.
NR 20.03(28m) (28m)“Outlying trout and salmon waters" means those waters designated as outlying trout and salmon waters pursuant to s. 29.2285 (1), Stats., Lake Michigan tributaries as defined in sub. (18), and the Little river from its confluence with the Oconto river upstream to the highway 141 bridge.
NR 20.03(29) (29)“Panfish" means the following fish species: yellow perch, bluegill, black crappie, white crappie, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, warmouth and orangespotted sunfish.
NR 20.03(30) (30)“Position fishing" means fishing from a boat in a manner where the fishing line extends vertically into the water while the boat is maneuvered by the use of a motor.
NR 20.03(31) (31)“Possession limit" means the maximum number of fish that a person may possess, which is twice the total daily bag limit specified in s. NR 20.18 except for the following:
NR 20.03(31)(a) (a) The possession limit for trout from inland waters is 10.
NR 20.03(31)(b) (b) The possession limit for minnows is specified in s. NR 20.14.
NR 20.03(31)(d) (d) There is no possession limit for catfish caught on setlines, set or bank poles on the Fox river upstream from the DePere dam in Brown county.
NR 20.03(31)(e) (e) There is no possession limit for panfish on Twin Valley lake in Iowa county.
NR 20.03(31)(f) (f) There is no possession limit for any species on Nebish, Pallette, Mystery, Spruce or Escanaba lakes in Vilas county unless specified in s. NR 20.20 (64).
NR 20.03(31)(g) (g) There is no possession limit for white perch on Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Michigan tributaries, major Green Bay tributaries, all other tributary streams, rivers and ditches to Green Bay upstream to the first dam or lake.
NR 20.03(31)(h) (h) There is no possession limit for fish possessed by a food distribution service, as defined in s. 29.001 (28), Stats., that lawfully receive fish for purposes of redistribution.
NR 20.03(31m) (31m)“Quick-strike rig" means a bait rig with one or more treble hooks attached to the body of a minnow, behind the head. This rig may include a jig or other hook in the snout of a minnow along with one or more treble hooks attached to the body of a minnow.
NR 20.03(32) (32)“Rough fish" has the meaning found in s. 29.001 (74), Stats.
NR 20.03(33) (33)“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.
NR 20.03(34) (34)“Secretary" means secretary of the department of natural resources.
NR 20.03(35) (35)“Seine" has the meaning found in s. 29.522 (3), Stats.
NR 20.03(36) (36)“Setline" means a line with one or more hooks fastened to it and designed to be set or left unattended in the water for the purpose of taking fish.
NR 20.03(37) (37)“Set or bank pole" means a pole equipped with a line with one or more hooks fastened to it, designed to be used for fishing from the banks of lakes or rivers and set or left unattended.
NR 20.03(37m) (37m)“Sheboygan marsh" means waters within the area commonly known as Sheboygan Marsh county park including Sheboygan lake and its tributaries upstream to the first road crossing.
NR 20.03(37t) (37t)“Sinker release device" means any device that is designed to release a weight or sinker from a fishing line upon a strike from a fish while trolling.
NR 20.03(37w) (37w)“Spear" means a pole or shaft with an attached sharp barbed point or points designed for the purpose of impaling a fish, but does not include a snag line or snag pole, snaghook or cluster of hooks that might be used for snagging as prohibited by s. NR 20.06 (8).
NR 20.03(38) (38)“Spearing" means fishing with a device consisting of a shaft with an attached sharp point or points and includes devices such as spears, bow and arrow, spear guns or similar devices.
NR 20.03 Note Note: Under s. 29.405, Stats., if the department establishes an open season for taking rough fish with a bow and arrow on a particular body of water, the department shall also allow the use of a crossbow to take rough fish on that body of water under the same conditions that apply to the use of a bow and arrow to take rough fish on that body of water.
NR 20.03(39) (39)“Telemetry device" means any device attached to or implanted in a fish that transmits a sonic or electronic signal.
NR 20.03(39m) (39m)“Total daily bag limit" specified in s. NR 20.18 means the maximum number of fish that may be reduced to a person's possession in one day from all waters or portions of waters fished that day.
NR 20.03(39t) (39t)“Treble hook" means three evenly spaced hooks joined by a common shaft to form one hook with three points.
NR 20.03(40) (40)“Troll" or “trolling" means fishing by trailing any lure, bait or similar device that may be used to attract or catch fish from a boat propelled by a means other than drifting, pedaling, paddling, or rowing. Casting and immediate retrieval of a bait, lure or similar device while the motor is running or position fishing is not trolling.
NR 20.03(41) (41)“Trout stream" means those waters or portions of waters designated by the department pursuant to s. NR 1.02 (7).
NR 20.03 Note Note: Copy available for review at the Bureau of Fisheries Management and Habitat Protection, Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI 53707.
NR 20.03(42) (42)“Unattended line" means a fishing line to which the person using the line is not actively directing his or her attention and, during open water, any line that is more than 100 yards from the person using the line.
NR 20.03(42m) (42m)“Upriver lakes" means Lakes Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan.
NR 20.03(43) (43)“Yellowstone lake" means Yellowstone lake and the Yellowstone river from Yellowstone lake upstream to county highway F.
NR 20.03 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99; cr. (28m), Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 4-1-00; am. (18), Register, September, 2000, No. 537, eff. 4-1-01; CR 01-012: am. (17), (19), (22) and (42), cr. (37m) and (43); CR 01-013: am. (31), Register November 2001 No. 551, eff. 4-1-02; CR 02-014: am. (42), Register September 2002 No. 561, eff. 4-1-03; CR 04-024: am. (8) and (41), r. and recr. (31), cr. (39m) Register December 2004 No. 588, eff. 1-1-05; CR 05-073: cr. (42m) Register January 2006 No. 601, eff. 3-1-06; correction in (28m) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2006 No. 603; CR 06-011: cr. (37t) Register September 2006 No. 609, eff. 4-1-07; CR 07-014: cr. (37w) Register January 2008 No. 625, eff. 4-1-08; emerg. cr. (19g) and (19r), eff. 11-2-07; CR 07-074: cr. (19g) and (19r) Register May 2008 No. 629, eff. 6-1-08; CR 08-010: cr. (19m), r. (31) (c) Register November 2008 No. 635, eff. 4-1-09; CR 09-051: am. (31) (a) Register June 2010 No. 654, eff. 7-1-10; CR 11-006: cr. (6m), (31m), (39t) Register October 2011 No. 670, eff. 4-1-12; CR 13-001: cr. (31) (h) Register August 2013 No. 692, eff. 9-1-13; CR 14-129: am. (40) Register June 2015 No. 714, eff. 7-1-15; CR 15-023: am. (18), (31) (a) Register December 2015 No. 720, eff. 4-1-16; CR 17-061: r. (4), (7) Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18.
subch. II of ch. NR 20 Subchapter II — Prohibited Methods
NR 20.05 NR 20.05 General restrictions. No person may do any of the following:
NR 20.05(1) (1)Fish by any means other than hook and line except as specifically authorized in this chapter or chs. NR 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.
NR 20.05(2) (2)Possess or control any firearm, gun or similar device at any time while on the waters, banks or shores that might be used for the purpose of fishing.
NR 20.05(3) (3)Fish within 200 feet of any fishway, lock, or dam by any means other than by hook and line in the inland waters, except as authorized under s. NR 20.15 (1) and (1m).
NR 20.05(4) (4)Fish for any species of fish at any time other than during the open season for that species of fish.
NR 20.05(5) (5)Fish for any variety of fish in trout streams other than during the open season for trout except that rough fish may be taken by hand.
NR 20.05(6) (6)Fish for, possess or control fish in excess of the daily bag limit authorized in s. NR 20.20 for that water while on the waters, banks or shores of waters or while fishing except as authorized on specific waters by s. NR 20.35, 20.36 or 20.37 and minnows described in s. NR 19.05 (3) (e) or (f).
NR 20.05(7) (7)Except for minnows purchased from a Wisconsin bait dealer, possess or control fish unless they are included as part of the daily bag limit. Fish that are not released immediately shall be included as part of the daily bag limit.
NR 20.05(8) (8)Possess or control any fish in excess of the possession limit at any time.
NR 20.05(9) (9)Possess or control fish of any size other than that authorized by the size restriction.
NR 20.05(10) (10)Use, attach or implant a telemetry device on or into a fish.
NR 20.05(11) (11)Raise, remove or otherwise tamper with another person's commercial fishing gear set in any water without permission from the licensed user. This restriction does not apply to agents of the department.
NR 20.05(12) (12)Use, possess, control, set or place in any water any live box, or similar device that might be used for the keeping of fish unless a tag of permanent material bearing the name and address of the owner or user is securely attached and is readable and legible.
NR 20.05 Note Note: This restriction does not apply to receptacles carried by the angler to contain fish while fishing.
NR 20.05(13) (13)Sponsor a fishing tournament unless a permit has been obtained from the department pursuant to s. NR 20.40.
NR 20.05(14) (14)Capture, tag, mark or attach any object and release wild fish unless issued a permit by the department pursuant to s. NR 19.11.
NR 20.05(15) (15)Possess or control any fish in excess of the total daily bag limit each day.
NR 20.05(16) (16)Possess or use a sinker release device while fishing in waters of the state.
NR 20.05 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99; CR 01-012: am. (1) and (4), Register November 2001 No. 551, eff. 4-1-02; CR 02-073: am. (5) and (6), Register January 2003 No. 565, eff. 2-1-03; CR 03-014: cr. (14) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 4-1-04; CR 04-024: am. (8), cr. (15) Register December 2004 No. 588, eff. 1-1-05; CR 06-011: cr. (16) Register September 2006 No. 609, eff. 4-1-07; CR 07-014: am. (1) Register January 2008 No. 625, eff. 4-1-08; emerg. am. (6) and (7), eff. 11-2-07; EmR0808: emerg. am. (6) and (7), eff. 4-4-08; CR 07-074: am. (6) and (7) Register May 2008 No. 629, eff. 6-1-08; CR 09-051: am. (14) Register June 2010 No. 654, eff. 7-1-10; CR 13-019: am. (3) Register December 2013 No. 696, eff. 4-1-14.
NR 20.06 NR 20.06 Hook and line fishing. No person may do any of the following:
NR 20.06(1) (1)Fish in inland waters by the method of trolling with more than 1 line per person, with more than 1 hook, bait, or lure per line, and with more than a total of 3 lines used for trolling per boat, except where specifically authorized in ss. NR 20.15 (4) or 20.20 or as provided in s. 29.193 (1m), Stats.
NR 20.06(2) (2)Fish with more than 3 hooks, baits or lures.
NR 20.06(3) (3)Fish with any hook and line fishing tackle, bait, hooks or lures on waters where its use is not authorized in s. NR 20.20. Gear restrictions for trout and salmon on waters or portions of waters specified in s. NR 20.20 apply to all species while fishing on those waters.
NR 20.06(3m) (3m)Possess or control any live bait or any other baits, hooks or lures other than artificial lures while on the waters, banks or shores of waters where only the use of artificial lures is authorized in subch. III.
NR 20.06(5) (5)Use a gaff in any manner other than for landing a fish that is legally hooked.
NR 20.06(6) (6)Fish by snagging, foul hooking or attempting to hook fish other than in the mouth.
NR 20.06(7) (7)Possess, retain or fail to immediately release fish hooked other than in the mouth.
NR 20.06(8) (8)Use, possess, control, set or place any snag line or snag pole, snaghook or cluster of hooks that could be placed into or drawn through the water for the purpose of catching fish or drawing the hooks into the body of fish.
NR 20.06(9) (9)Fish with an unattended line except where specifically authorized under s. NR 20.20. Failure to immediately respond to a line upon indication of a bite shall be prima facie evidence that the line is unattended.
NR 20.06 Note Note: For further restrictions on the use of setlines and set or bank poles, see s. NR 20.12.
NR 20.06(10) (10)Fish in open water with a free-floating, remote controlled or anchored buoyant device with attached hook and line that is not held or otherwise controlled by the angler with the use of a line connected to the device.
NR 20.06 Note Note: This method is commonly known as jug fishing.
NR 20.06(11) (11)Fish with a minnow 8 inches or longer unless using a quick-strike rig that the person attempts to hook immediately into the mouth of a fish upon indication of a bite or unless using a non-offset circle hook.
NR 20.06 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99; cr. (3m), Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 4-1-00; CR 01-012: am. (5), Register November 2001 No. 551, eff. 4-1-02; CR 07-014: r. (4) Register January 2008 No. 625, eff. 4-1-08; CR 09-018: am. (10) Register February 2010 No. 650, eff. 3-1-10; CR 11-006: cr. (11) Register October 2011 No. 670, eff. 4-11-12; CR 13-001: am. (1) Register August 2013 No. 692, eff. 9-1-13; CR 14-029: am. (1) Register June 2015 No. 714, eff. 7-1-15; CR 14-029: am. (1) Register June 2015 No. 714, eff. 5-4-18; correction in (1) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register June 2015 No. 714; CR 17-012: am. (1), Register March 2018 No. 747 eff. 4-1-18.
NR 20.07 NR 20.07 Lake sturgeon carcass tags and registration, hook and line fishing and spearing.
NR 20.07(1)(1)Carcass tags. No person may:
NR 20.07(1)(a) (a) Fish for lake sturgeon unless in possession of a valid, unique carcass tag that has not already been used to harvest a sturgeon. A tag is not valid when fishing on waters not authorized by the tag, or if the tag is expired. A tag is not valid when fishing with gear that is not authorized for use with the tag. Fishing for lake sturgeon where hook and line fishing is allowed and when the hook and line season is open, while not in possession of a valid carcass tag, is not a violation of this par. if in compliance with par. (e).
NR 20.07(1)(b) (b) Upon harvesting a lake sturgeon, fail to immediately validate the carcass tag that authorized the harvest.
NR 20.07(1)(c) (c) Possess or transport the carcass of a lake sturgeon unless also in possession of the validated carcass tag that authorized the harvest.
NR 20.07(1)(d) (d) Fail to keep a validated carcass tag in good, legible condition so as to permit meaningful inspection by the department. Carcass tags shall remain intact except that part of a tag may be separated as designated by the department on the tag as a means of validation.
NR 20.07(1)(e) (e) Fail to immediately release a lake sturgeon caught by hook and line methods unless the person is in compliance with the requirements of this section.
NR 20.07(1)(f) (f) Prior to registration, possess or transport the carcass of a lake sturgeon which is tagged with or possessed under the authority of a validated carcass tag of another person unless accompanied by the person issued the carcass tag.
NR 20.07(1)(g) (g) While on any water, bank or shore, or while fishing, possess a validated carcass tag, or any copy of a unique carcass tag already used to harvest a sturgeon, unless the person is also in possession of the legally killed lake sturgeon corresponding to that carcass tag.
NR 20.07(1)(h) (h) Validate or attach a carcass tag to a lake sturgeon harvested by another, or taken by unlawful or unknown means.
NR 20.07(1)(i) (i) Possess more than one copy of a unique carcass tag while on any water, bank or shore, or while fishing..
NR 20.07(1)(j) (j) Purchase more than one hook and line lake sturgeon carcass tag for inland or outlying waters per season except that one additional hook and line lake sturgeon carcass tag may be purchased for Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters per season.
NR 20.07 Note Note: Each hook and line sturgeon carcass tag displays a unique identifier that corresponds to the license issued.
NR 20.07(2) (2)Tagging and possession. No person may:
NR 20.07(2)(a) (a) Possess a lake sturgeon unless they immediately validate the carcass tag by separating a designated portion of the tag or by marking it as designated by the department on the tag. Failure to completely validate the carcass tag renders possession of the animal illegal and the carcass tag invalid.
NR 20.07(2)(b) (b) Possess a lake sturgeon which is being transported in any manner from the time the sturgeon is taken into possession to the time it is lawfully registered pursuant to sub. (6) unless the sturgeon is carried openly exposed.
NR 20.07(2)(c) (c) Possess a lake sturgeon speared from Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Poygan or Lake Winneconne under s. NR 20.20 (73) (e) 2. b. outside the following area unless the sturgeon has been registered pursuant to sub. (6): from the intersection of highways 45 and 21 in Oshkosh west on highway 21 to highway 116; north on highway 116 to county highway B; west on county highway B to county highway D; west on county highway D to highway 49; north on highway 49 to county highway H; east on county highway H to highway 110; east on highway 110 to county highway II; south on county highway II to county highway M; south on county highway M to highway 116; east on highway 116 to highway 45; south on highway 45 to highway 21.
NR 20.07(2)(d) (d) Possess a lake sturgeon speared from Lake Winnebago under s. NR 20.20 (73) (e) 2. b. outside the following area unless the sturgeon has been registered pursuant to sub. (6): from the intersection of highways 10 and 114 in Menasha, east on highway 114 to highway 55; south on highway 55 to U.S. highway 151; south on U.S. highway 151 to Winnebago drive in Fond du Lac; west on Winnebago drive to Scott street; west on Scott street to highway 45; north on highway 45 to Main street in Oshkosh; north on Main street to Waugoo avenue; east on Waugoo avenue to Bowen street; north on Bowen street to county highway A; north on county highway A to highway 114 in Neenah; east on highway 114 to the intersection of highways 10 and 114 in Menasha.
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