Wisconsin hook-and-line season for prehistoric lake sturgeon opens Sept. 5

DNR fisheries technician Matt Simonson displays a lake sturgeon captured during a hook and line survey on the lower Chippewa River. (Wisconsin DNR photo)

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — It won’t be quite like “Jurassic Park” when the inland hook-and-line season for lake sturgeon opens Sept. 5, but anglers will have a chance to catch the prehistoric fish on waterways throughout Wisconsin.
Sturgeon PosterAnglers must have a valid hook and line lake sturgeon tag, which can be purchased online through the GoWild system or at a licensed sales agent for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Anglers who catch sturgeon they want to harvest — the sturgeon has to be at least 60 inches long to take home — must validate their tags immediately. Any harvested sturgeon must be registered at a designated registration station before 6 p.m. on the day it is harvested.
Although fisheries biologists were not able to conduct fish surveys this year, they forecast a strong season, which lasts until Sept. 30.
When fishing on Yellow Lake, anglers should be on the lookout for dangler tags on the dorsal fin of lake sturgeon. The tags are yellow with a five-digit number.
Anglers may need to scratch off algae to see the tag number. Leave the tag on the fish and report the tag number to Craig Roberts at 715-416-0351 or craig.roberts@wisconsin.gov.
DNR creel survey clerks will be stationed at various landings to gather information on anglers’ catches and amount of time spent fishing.
The DNR encourages anglers to practice responsible catch and release when releasing fish they do not want to keep. Full regulations for sturgeon are on the DNR website.