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Northern zone musky season opens Saturday in Wisconsin

Eric Engbretson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The northern zone musky season begins Saturday.

During the open season, anglers can catch musky on open waters within the northern muskellunge management zone.

All regulations and license requirements apply.

This year, there is a new minimum length limit of 50 inches on several waterbodies in the northern management zone, including:

  • Wisconsin River from Lake DuBay Dam upstream to the first dam in Merrill, including Lake DuBay, Mosinee Flowage, Half Moon Lake, Lake Wausau and Wausau Dam Lake, and sloughs, bayous, flowages and tributaries upstream to the first dam or highway bridge (Lincoln, Marathon and Portage counties)
  • Plum Lake (Vilas County)
  • Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, Trude Lake, Bear River, Flambeau River upstream of Turtle-Flambeau Flowage at Murray’s Landing, Little Turtle River and Manitowish River upstream of the Flambeau River to the Rest Lake Dam, including Benson, Sturgeon and Vance lakes (Iron and Vilas counties)

The DNR reminds anglers to have the proper release tools on hand (large landing net, long nose pliers, hook cutter and gloves) and to properly release the fish they catch. Find tips for releasing muskellunge responsibly on the DNR webpage.

The DNR says the season runs through December 31st.

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