29.522(1)(c)1. 1. One boxlike receptacle closed at the bottom and sides and open at the top in which the fish are finally caught or impounded and variously known as a pound, pot or crib, but generally and commonly known in Wisconsin as a pot.
29.522(1)(c)2. 2. Two fence-like nets called hearts set one on each side of the tunnel mouth and used to form a preliminary enclosure resembling a heart in shape with no cover on the top or bottom.
29.522(1)(c)3. 3. One or more funnel-shaped nets commonly called a tunnel or tunnels with a large opening at one end and a small opening or throat at the other through which the fish can pass from the hearts into the pot.
29.522(1)(c)4. 4. One fence-like net called a leader running from the opening in the hearts in a straight or angular line away from the net proper.
29.522(1)(c)5. 5. All pound nets licensed or operated under this section must have their tunnels located and fastened entirely on the inside of the pot of the same, forming a net that is commonly known and called a short tunnel pound net.
29.522(2) (2)Entangling nets.
29.522(2)(a) (a) Trammel net. A trammel net is made of 3 sheets of net webbing, one of them of comparatively small mesh and of fine twine being hung between 2 sheets of net webbing of much larger mesh and heavier twine. This net is equipped at the top and bottom with lead or maitre cord, line, or rope to which at the top are attached floats and at the bottom, sinkers. The inner web of this net is of considerably greater fullness than the outside web.
29.522(2)(b) (b) Gill net. A gill net is a net designed to entangle fish and made of a single web of fine thread hung and fitted at the top and bottom with lead or maitre cord, line, or rope to which are attached at the top, floats, and at the bottom, sinkers.
29.522(3) (3)Drag nets; seine. A seine is a net made of a circular, square or long webbing of coarse twine hung very full and fitted at the top and bottom with lead or maitre cord, line or rope. To such lines at the top are attached floats, and at the bottom, sinkers. This net is hung with such fullness that it creates or forms a kind of a bag near the center of the net which holds or entraps the fish while the net is being drawn through the waters.
29.522 History History: 1977 c. 418; 1997 a. 248 s. 477; Stats. 1997 s. 29.522; 1999 a. 83.
29.522 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 20.13, Wis. adm. code.
29.523 29.523 Net licenses, Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.
29.523(1)(1)Licenses which authorize the use of nets in the Mississippi River and in that part of the St. Croix River downstream from the dam at St. Croix Falls shall be issued subject to s. 29.024 by the department to a resident who applies for a license. This subsection, as applicable to the St. Croix River, is not effective unless Minnesota has in effect similar legislation.
29.523(2) (2)Each net license authorizes the use of one or more of the following nets only:
29.523(2)(a) (a) Seine nets.
29.523(2)(b) (b) Gill nets.
29.523(2)(c) (c) Bait nets used without leads.
29.523(2)(d) (d) Buffalo nets.
29.523(2)(e) (e) Frame nets.
29.523(4) (4)
29.523(4)(a)(a) Except when lifting or setting a gill net, no person may use a seine, gill, bait, buffalo or frame net in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers unless the net has the required number of tags stamped to designate the kind of net and number of the net license covering it securely fastened to it.
29.523(4)(b) (b) The required number of tags is as follows:
29.523(4)(b)1. 1. For a seine net, one tag for each 500 lineal feet, or fraction thereof.
29.523(4)(b)2. 2. For a gill net, one tag for each 2,000 lineal feet, or fraction thereof.
29.523(4)(b)3. 3. For a bait, buffalo or frame net, one tag for each net.
29.523(4)(c) (c) The department shall issue net tags to the licensee at the time of issuing the net license.
29.523(5) (5)Each licensee shall keep a strict record and account as to each variety of fish and the number of pounds of each variety that are taken by the licensee in gear licensed to the licensee and such other information as the department requires; and shall report thereon to the department on or before the 10th day of each month during the license period.
29.523(6) (6)No person who holds a net license may operate a fish farm that contains a variety of fish that the holder of the license is authorized to catch under this section.
29.523 History History: 1975 c. 360; 1983 a. 27, 192; 1991 a. 316; 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 478 to 481; Stats. 1997 s. 29.523.
29.526 29.526 Slat net fishing in the Mississippi River.
29.526(1)(1)A slat net license authorizing the taking of commercial fish through the use of slat nets in that part of the Mississippi River over which this state has jurisdiction between the Minnesota-Iowa boundary line extended and the Wisconsin-Illinois boundary line extended shall be issued subject to s. 29.024 by the department to any resident who applies for this license.
29.526(2) (2)A person who is issued a slat net license or a crew may operate not to exceed 50 properly tagged slat nets.
29.526(3) (3)No person may use a slat net unless it is properly tagged. In order to be properly tagged a slat net is required to have attached to it a tag stamped to designate the kind of net and the number of the slat net license. Slat net tags are required to remain attached to the nets until replaced by renewal tags.
29.526(4) (4)No slat net may be set within 100 feet of any muskrat or beaver house. Any slat net found in any waters during the closed season for the use of slat nets and any slat net found on the Wisconsin banks or shores without a slat net tag and showing evidence of being used in the previous 5 months shall be seized and held subject to the order of the court or judge under s. 29.931 (2).
29.526(5) (5)A sufficient supply of slat net tags shall be furnished by the department to persons issuing approvals under this section.
29.526(6) (6)No person who holds a slat net license may operate a fish farm that contains a species of fish that the holder of the license is authorized to catch under this section.
29.526 History History: 1971 c. 266; 1983 a. 27 ss. 793 to 795; 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 482 to 488; Stats. 1997 s. 29.526.
29.529 29.529 Trammel net fishing in the Mississippi River.
29.529(1)(1)The department may issue a trammel net license to any resident who applies for this license.
29.529(2) (2)This license authorizes the use of trammel nets in that part of the Mississippi River over which this state has jurisdiction.
29.529(3) (3)No person may use a trammel net which exceeds 300 feet and no person may use a trammel net unless it is properly tagged. In order to be properly tagged, a trammel net is required to have attached to it a tag stamped to designate the kind of net and the number of the trammel net license. Trammel net tags are required to remain attached to the nets until replaced by renewal tags.
29.529(4) (4)No trammel net may be set within 100 feet of any muskrat or beaver house. Any trammel net found in any waters during the closed season for the use of trammel nets and any trammel nets found on the Wisconsin banks or shores without a trammel net tag and showing evidence of being used in the previous 5 months shall be seized and held subject to the order of the court or judge under s. 29.931 (2).
29.529(5) (5)No person who holds a trammel net license issued under this section may operate a fish farm that contains a species of fish that the holder of the license is authorized to catch under this section.
29.529 History History: 1983 a. 27 s. 795; 1983 a. 192; 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 489, 490; Stats. 1997 s. 29.529.
29.531 29.531 Set or bank pole licenses.
29.531(1)(1)A set or bank pole license authorizing the use of not to exceed 5 set or bank poles for taking, catching or killing fish in the inland waters of the state where the use of setlines is permitted shall be issued subject to s. 29.024 by the department to any resident who applies for the license.
29.531(2) (2)No set or bank pole may be used unless there is securely attached to the pole a tag stamped with the number of the license. Tags shall be furnished by the department to the licensee at the time of issuing the license.
29.531(3) (3)For the purposes of this section a set or bank pole is defined as a pole equipped with one line and not to exceed 2 hooks of a size not smaller than 3-0 which pole is used for fishing from the banks of lakes or rivers and may be operated in the same manner as a setline.
29.531(4) (4)No person who holds a set or bank pole license may operate a fish farm that contains a species of fish that the holder of the license is authorized to catch under this section.
29.531 History History: 1983 a. 27; 1983 a. 192 s. 303 (6); 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 491 to 494; Stats. 1997 s. 29.531.
29.531 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 20.12, Wis. adm. code.
29.533 29.533 Setline licenses; inland waters.
29.533(1)(1)A setline license authorizing the use of setlines and hooks in inland waters in the manner determined by the department for taking, catching or killing fish shall be issued subject to s. 29.024 by the department to any resident applying for this license.
29.533(3) (3)
29.533(3)(a)(a) No person may operate any setline unless he or she has a setline license. No person may use a setline unless it is properly tagged. In order to be properly tagged a setline is required to be securely attached to a buoy or stake at one end, the buoy or stake is required to have attached to it a tag stamped to designate the serial number of the setline license covering it and the buoy or stake is required to be placed and the tag attached in a manner so the tag is visible above the surface of the water.
29.533(3)(b) (b) The department shall issue setline tags to the licensee at the time of issuing the setline license.
29.533(4) (4)All fishers licensed under this section shall file such reports on the amounts and kinds of fish taken as may be requested by the department.
29.533(5) (5)No person who holds a setline license issued under this section may operate a fish farm that contains a kind of fish that the holder of the license is authorized to catch under this section.
29.533 History History: 1977 c. 29; 1983 a. 27; 1983 a. 192 s. 303 (6); 1985 a. 332; 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 495 to 500; Stats. 1997 s. 29.533.
29.533 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 20.12, Wis. adm. code.
29.535 29.535 Shovelnose sturgeon permit.
29.535(1)(1)The department shall issue, subject to s. 29.024, an annual shovelnose sturgeon permit to any resident who applies for the permit and who holds at least one of the following licenses:
29.535(1)(a) (a) A net license issued under s. 29.523.
29.535(1)(b) (b) A trammel net license issued under s. 29.529.
29.535(1)(c) (c) A set or bank pole license issued under s. 29.531.
29.535(1)(d) (d) A setline license issued under s. 29.533.
29.535(2) (2)No person may take shovelnose sturgeon or shovelnose sturgeon eggs unless the person holds a permit from the department under this section.
29.535(3) (3)A person who is required to hold an annual shovelnose sturgeon permit shall report to the department, on forms available from the department, on or before the 10th day of each month, the number of pounds of shovelnose sturgeon eggs harvested during the preceding calendar month.
29.535(4) (4)The department shall deposit receipts from the sale of permits under this section in the conservation fund.
29.535 History History: 2007 a. 20.
29.537 29.537 Clams, clamming and commercial clamming.
29.537(1)(1)Purpose. The purpose of this section is to regulate the taking of clams in order to conserve and maintain their supply, to require licensing of persons engaged in commercial clamming and to protect those clam species which are endangered, threatened or rare.
29.537(2) (2)Definitions. In this section:
29.537(2)(a) (a) “Assistant clam buyer" means any natural person who engages in clam buying on behalf of a clam buyer.
29.537(2)(b) (b) “Clam" means any freshwater mussel, shell, valve or part of any shell, or meat of a freshwater mussel found in inland or outlying waters, but does not include meat after it has been processed for human or animal consumption and does not include bait, pearls, shells and parts of shells which have been mounted for display or fashioned into jewelry or items of apparel.
29.537(2)(c) (c) “Clam buyer" means any person who engages in clam buying or who employs or authorizes an assistant clam buyer to do so on the person's behalf.
29.537(2)(d) (d) “Clam buying" means buying, bartering or obtaining clams from commercial clam shellers or others for resale as clams.
29.537(2)(e) (e) “Clam helper" means any natural person who engages in clam helping.
29.537(2)(f) (f) “Clam helping" means assisting a commercial clam sheller in activities related to commercial clam shelling or assisting a clam buyer in activities relating to clam buying but does not include buying, bartering or obtaining clams from commercial clam shellers or others for resale as clams.
29.537(2)(g) (g) “Clamming" means the taking, killing, collecting or removing of clams from inland or outlying waters or the beds of inland or outlying waters and the incidental killing of clams in the search for pearls but does not include commercial clam shelling.
29.537(2)(h) (h) “Commercial clamming" means commercial clam shelling, clam buying, clam helping and related activities.
29.537(2)(i) (i) “Commercial clam sheller" means any natural person who engages in commercial clam shelling.
29.537(2)(j) (j) “Commercial clam shelling" means the taking, killing, collecting or removing of more than 50 pounds of clams per day from inland or outlying waters or the beds of inland or outlying waters and the incidental killing of more than 50 pounds of clams per day in the search for pearls.
29.537(3) (3)License or permit required.
29.537(3)(a) (a) No person may engage in commercial clam shelling unless the person is a resident and at least one of the following applies:
29.537(3)(a)1. 1. The person is a natural person and has been issued a commercial clam sheller license by the department.
29.537(3)(a)2. 2. The person is a licensed clam helper engaged in commercial clam shelling while aboard a boat with the licensed commercial clam sheller whom the clam helper is assisting.
29.537(3)(a)3. 3. The person has not attained the age of 16 years, and the value of the clams taken, killed, collected or removed by that person does not exceed $1,000 per year. The department may, by rule, require persons under this subdivision to obtain a commercial clam shelling permit, at no charge, with the requirements for the permit to be determined by the department by rule.
29.537(3)(b) (b) No person may engage in clam helping unless the person is a resident and a natural person and has been issued a clam helper license by the department.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 50 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 6, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 6, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-6-19)