NR 21.11(3)(L) (L) No seine may be set or operated within 1,000 feet of any other commercial fisher's gill net, frame net or seine.
NR 21.11(3)(m) (m) No licensee or crew member may join a net to that of any other licensee.
NR 21.11(4) (4) Setlines; seasons, closed areas, setline restrictions. In the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters, no person may conduct commercial fishing operations with the use of setlines except in the manner prescribed as follows:
NR 21.11(4)(a) (a) Setlines may be used in the waters of the Mississippi river from the Saturday nearest April 1 to October 31, except for the closed areas listed in pars. (b) and (c).
NR 21.11(4)(b) (b) Permanently closed areas.
NR 21.11(4)(b)1.1. Within 900 feet below any U.S. corps of engineers lock or dam on the Mississippi river.
NR 21.11(4)(b)2. 2. Goose lake lying in Pierce county.
NR 21.11(4)(b)3. 3. Trempealeau lakes known as Second, Third and Round Lakes lying in Trempealeau county.
NR 21.11(4)(b)4. 4. Lagoon, which is located on Barron island within the corporate city limits of LaCrosse, as well as the connecting waterway south to state highway 16.
NR 21.11(4)(b)5. 5. In upper pool 8, the Black river from the Onalaska 9-foot spillway dam downstream to the Soo Line railroad bridge.
NR 21.11(4)(c) (c) Seasonally closed areas.
NR 21.11(4)(c)1.1. Pool 4, between river mile 780 and 797, closed from March 1 through May 31.
NR 21.11(4)(c)2. 2. In lower pool 8, Bluff Slough from 7th Street downstream to where Bluff Slough enters Running Slough, closed from April 15 through October 30.
NR 21.11(4)(d) (d) Each licensee is limited to 8 setlines with not to exceed a total of 50 hooks on each line or 4 setlines with not to exceed 100 hooks on each line.
NR 21.11(4)(e) (e) No person may use frogs or game fish, whether dead or alive, or any part of a frog or game fish as bait on a setline in the Mississippi river.
NR 21.11(4)(f) (f) There shall be a buoy at each end of every setline. The buoys shall have a staff extending at least 3 feet above the surface of the water. Upon the upper end of each staff there shall be a flag at least 10 inches square. Upon the bowl of each buoy there shall be maintained in plain figures the license number of the licensee.
NR 21.11(4)(g) (g) Setlines shall be marked by a metal tag which is stamped to designate the number of the license issued to the commercial fisher using the setline. The tag shall be attached to the buoy or staff at one end of the setline so that the tag will be visible above the surface of the water.
NR 21.11(4)(h) (h) Setlines set in open water shall be lifted and all fish removed at least once each day following the day set.
NR 21.11(4)(i) (i) Setlines may not be set, lifted, hauled or operated in any manner between one-half hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise without prior permission of the department.
NR 21.11 Note Note: Contact a local department conservation warden or fish manager to request prior permission.
NR 21.11(4)(j) (j) Setlines may not be set in a manner which blocks off more than 3/4 the width of any slough, bay or channel to any type of boat traffic.
NR 21.11(4)(k) (k) Shovelnose (hackleback) sturgeon 25 inches and over in length may be taken.
NR 21.11(4)(L) (L) Game fish and other fish that are listed in ch. NR 27 as endangered or threatened species which are taken by setline shall be immediately returned, carefully and with as little injury as possible to the water from which they were taken.
NR 21.11(4m) (4m)Harvest of catfish and bullheads. No person may harvest catfish or bullheads by hand or with a bow and arrow or crossbow under the authority of a commercial fishing license or for commercial purposes.
NR 21.11(5) (5) Buffalo and frame nets. No person may use buffalo or frame nets.
NR 21.11(6) (6) Slat and trammel nets. No person may use slat or trammel nets.
NR 21.11(7) (7) Incidental turtle catch. Turtles taken incidental to licensed commercial fishing operations may be possessed and sold.
NR 21.11 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278, eff. 3-1-79; am. (1) (n), Register, December, 1981, No. 312, eff. 1-1-82; am. (1) (n) and (o), Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90; r. and recr. (1) (n) and (o), Register, October, 1991, No. 430, eff. 11-1-91, r. (1) (j), Register, May, 1996, No. 485, eff. 6-1-96; r. and recr. (1) (intro.), (b) and (f), am. (1) (a), (g), (h), (i) and (k), cr. (1) (cf), (cm), (e) and (2) to (7), r. (1) (m), (n) and (o), Register, October, 1998, No. 514, eff. 11-1-98; CR 01-012: am. (2) (a), Register November 2001 No. 551, eff. 4-1-02; CR 10-053: am. (1) (intro.), (b), (cf), (i), (2) (d) 7., (3) (L), r. and recr. (1) (L) Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11; CR 19-009: cr. (4m) Register February 2020 No. 770, eff. 3-1-20.
subch. IV of ch. NR 21 Subchapter IV — Turtles
NR 21.13 NR 21.13Turtles.
NR 21.13(1)(1)Applicability. This section applies to the taking and possession of turtles in the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.
NR 21.13(2) (2) Seasons; possession and daily bag limits. No person may take turtles on the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters except during the open season established in sub. (4). For the purpose of Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary water turtle harvest, the possession limits are the same as the daily bag limits.
NR 21.13(3) (3) Additional restrictions. No person may do any of the following:
NR 21.13(3)(a) (a) Take, possess or control a turtle unless the person is in possession of a valid approval which authorizes the hunting of small game or which authorizes fishing, unless otherwise exempt under ch. 29, Stats., from the need to possess one of more of these approvals to hunt or fish.
NR 21.13(3)(b) (b) Take turtles by methods other than hoop net turtle traps complying with par. (c), hand, hook and line, hooking or incidental to commercial fishing authorized under this chapter by a fisher possessing a valid license issued under s. 29.523, 29.526, 29.529, Stats.
NR 21.13(3)(c) (c) Use a hoop net turtle trap to trap turtles, except when taken by a licensed commercial fisher under s. 29.523, Stats., incidental to fishing authorized under those licenses, unless it complies with all of the following criteria:
NR 21.13(3)(c)1. 1. It is constructed with no less than 6 inch stretch measure mesh net as defined in s. NR 25.02 (28).
NR 21.13(3)(c)2. 2. The net is nylon or other stretchable fabric. Wire may not be used.
NR 21.13(3)(c)3. 3. It is constructed with a funnel entrance at one or both ends which are tied off to the sides or the opposite ends. The opening in the funnel may be round or oval.
NR 21.13(3)(c)4. 4. It is designed and set so the closed sides sit horizontal in the water.
NR 21.13 Note Note: There is no restriction on the size of the trap itself or the number of hoops used in its construction.
NR 21.13(3)(d) (d) Use a hoop net turtle trap unless it is placed on the bed of the stream, river, lake or pond so that a minimum of 2 inches of the trap is above the water's surface.
NR 21.13(3)(e) (e) Use a hoop net turtle trap unless it is checked and the entrapped contents removed at least once each day.
NR 21.13(3)(f) (f) Place, use or tend more than 10 hoop net turtle traps.
NR 21.13(3)(g) (g) Use a hoop net turtle trap unless a stamped or engraved metal tag, bearing the name and address of the operator of the trap in the English language, is attached in a manner that is visible above water and legible at all times.
NR 21.13(3)(h) (h) Place, use or tend a hoop net turtle trap or remove its entrapped contents unless that person is the operator identified on the trap tag.
NR 21.13(3)(i) (i) Place, set or use a hoop net turtle trap within 200 feet of any fishway, lock or dam.
NR 21.13(3)(j) (j) Place, set or use any hook and line, setline or bank pole for taking turtles in a manner or at any time during which these methods are not allowed for taking fish under ss. NR 20.06 and NR 20.12.
NR 21.13(4) (4) Seasons and limits: - See PDF for table PDF
NR 21.13 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278, eff. 3-1-79; r. and recr. Register, February, 1997, No. 494, eff. 3-1-97; CR 09-051: cr. (3) (i) and (j) Register June 2010 No. 654, eff. 7-1-10; CR 10-053: am. (3) (a) Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11; CR 14-025: cr. (4) (bm) Register May 2015 No. 713, eff. 6-1-15.
subch. V of ch. NR 21 Subchapter V — General Provisions
NR 21.14 NR 21.14Transportation of fish and turtles.
NR 21.14(1)(1)Any properly licensed resident or nonresident holder of an angling or commercial fishing license from the state of Minnesota having lawfully taken fish or turtles in the boundary waters described in this chapter during the open season therefor, may land on the Wisconsin side of the said boundary waters and shall transport such fish with him to the state of Minnesota by the most convenient, practicable route. (23.11, 29.041, 29.045)
NR 21.14 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278, eff. 3-1-79.
NR 21.15 NR 21.15Fish refuges.
NR 21.15(1)(1)No person may take, catch, disturb, kill or fish for fish of any variety in any manner from March 15 through April 25 both dates inclusive, in, on or along the following described water areas: (23.09)
NR 21.15(1)(a) (a) La Crosse county. (No. 32) That part of the Mississippi river beginning at the Onalaska dam, in the city of Onalaska, and extending downstream for a distance of 300 feet.
NR 21.15(2) (2)No person may taken, catch, disturb, kill or fish for fish of any variety from March 1 to April 30 within 300 feet below the following structures unless posted open with department signs:
NR 21.15(2)(a) (a) Buffalo county. (No. 6) Dam 4 at Alma.
NR 21.15(2)(b) (b) Pierce county. (No. 48) Dam 3 at Red Wing.
NR 21.15 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278, eff. 3-1-79; emerg. cr. (3) (a), eff. 4-5-80.
NR 21.16 NR 21.16Taking of fish by and for the department. Nothing in this chapter prohibits the department by contract or otherwise from carrying out its management of these boundary waters as required by the law or department policy. (23.09, 29.401, 29.421, 29.424, 29.417)
NR 21.16 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278, eff. 3-1-79.
NR 21.17 NR 21.17Conflicting rules. Where there are differences in elements of the boundary waters regulations of Minnesota and Wisconsin, anglers, commercial fishers and persons taking turtles shall comply with the regulations of the state in whose territorial waters they are fishing in or taking turtles.
NR 21.17 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278, eff. 3-1-79; CR 10-053: am. Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.