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2020 Wisconsin Game Fish Season Will Open As Planned On May 2

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Outdoor activity has been recognized as essential to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Thankfully, as of May 1, all state-owned launches and access points, including boat launches within open state parks, will be open. And, even better, the 2020–2021 Game Fish Season will open as planned, on May 2, 2020!

That being said, season opener might look a little different for Wisconsin anglers this year. Rather than traveling to a treasured faraway fishing spot, it is recommended that anglers find a fishing spot close to home for season opener this year. As hatchery operations have been maintained during COVID-19 and Safer at Home orders, anglers will enjoy well-stocked waters throughout the state. You can find the DNR’s list of boat launches and access points here to help you find a desirable spot in your neck of the woods.

In order to keep yourself and your fellow anglers safe, avoid crowded fishing spots, and stick to places where you can maintain a safe six-foot distance between you and other anglers who aren’t part of your household. Do not travel with other anglers unless they live with you. Keep some hand sanitizer in your tackle box, and thoroughly wash/sanitize your hands after touching handrails, boat launches, piers, or other public surfaces. We know that Up North anglers are friendly folks, but it is not recommended that you share your equipment with other anglers at this time. And, of course, if you’re not feeling well, stay home this weekend.

Even in these unprecedented times, there are certain things you can rely on—like great fishing Up North and in your favorite local spots if you live elsewhere in Wisconsin. Don’t forget, Wisconsin residents and nonresidents who are 16 years or older will need a valid 2020–2021 fishing license to fish in any of the great waters in Wisconsin. It’s a cinch to purchase a fishing license online at the Go Wild website.

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