DNR eyes permanent catfish regs

The regulations impose no statewide size limit but establish a daily bag limit of one flathead catfish and five channel catfish (above).

MADISON, Wis. — The state DNR plans to consider permanent regulations governing bow- and hand-fishing seasons for catfish.

The regulations impose no statewide size limit but establish a daily bag limit of one flathead catfish and five channel catfish.

The hand-fishing season would run from June 1 to Aug. 31. The bow-fishing season would run concurrent with the rough fish bow-fishing season. That season runs continuously across the southern two-thirds of the state. The Natural Resources Board is expected to vote on the framework June 26 in Barneveld.

Then-Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in April 2018 that permits taking catfish by bow, crossbow or by hand. The board adopted emergency rules in October implementing the seasons. The permanent regulations mirror those rules.

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