Wisconsin Fishing Discussion

Fish Limits with a guide

5/22/22 @ 9:50 PM
Big Lake Hoosier
Big Lake Hoosier
User since 9/2/20

Looking at all the fishing reports has me researching and unable to find the answer.   When fishing with a guide, do customers get to keep the guide‘s limit as well?  As if the guide may donate their portion of the total boat possession to the customer?

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3/31/23 @ 6:13 PM
User since 3/17/09
Edge,  name of individual gifting, DNR #, number of fish or game, type of fish or game, date.
3/31/23 @ 4:25 PM
User since 2/28/07
Samfox, I never heard of that. What documents would you need that would satisfy a warden?
3/30/23 @ 3:41 PM
User since 3/17/09
Snake,  yes with written documentation.
3/29/23 @ 7:16 AM
PRO MEMBER User since 1/22/21
I’ve fished that dam in the past FishChip. 
I’ve always wondered if you got searched by DNR and have 10 walleyes, do they accept your story that the guide gave them to you? 
3/28/23 @ 8:10 AM
User since 2/2/17
If you fish the Pride dam in Tomahawk you can keep a limit of walleyes and if you fish with certain guides you can keep their limit too.
2/17/23 @ 12:25 PM
User since 1/19/02
Guide, I fished with last Fall up north for panfish has  a 20 fish max and that's what we kept only, I thought it was a good policy especially for that body of water. 
2/17/23 @ 10:04 AM
Fin Bender
Fin Bender
User since 9/16/11

Recently there was a post on one of the fish reports that the WI DNR has changed rules; and it's now illegal for guides to gift fish to paying clients. I had read about a year ago that the DNR was looking into this. Just wondering if anyone here has more information about this. Please post-up if you know anything about these changes. Thanks!

8/18/22 @ 6:38 PM
User since 8/29/06

This conversation reminds me why I enjoy Erie so much.

8/18/22 @ 10:55 AM
User since 2/6/06

Steelhead technically if they're caught the prior date and eaten the next, they don't count towards the daily or possession limit from the next day's catch at all.  Any not eaten would count towards possession limit but not daily.  To be honest I don't hate this as much.  But I wonder how many "shore lunches" are disposed of from fish caught same day and a full limit was still taken home, which would be illegal but hard to prove without photo/video documentation.  

8/18/22 @ 10:38 AM
User since 4/13/22

 How about the guide who posted on here during this last spring walleye bite that he didn’t have any clients on a particular day so he was fishing solo to catch fish for the next days clients shore  lunch. Where would any fish caught for the next days shore lunch fit it into daily limits? Never heard off any shore lunch like that 

8/18/22 @ 10:13 AM
Fin Bender
Fin Bender
User since 9/16/11

Is the experience of fishing with a guide exactly that, an experience? A way to learn how to fish, a fun day on the water, an appreciation for nature and gain an understanding of conservation?

Or, is it a loop-hole in the law and a way to pay for a double limit of meat?

If it's the latter we got some problems. Just eliminate that aspect and all's good.

8/18/22 @ 9:56 AM
PRO MEMBER User since 6/15/01

not everyone owns a fancy boat with all the latest electronics... and those that do, most probably don't know how to effectively use them...and you still have to figure out how to catch them...

..I see we've degenerated into calling names...tsk tsk

8/18/22 @ 9:42 AM
User since 5/31/10

Some people only fish a few times a year so I can understand why they would accept the guides total daily bag as well as their own, especially if they are on vacation and are going out for just the day. 

8/18/22 @ 9:19 AM
User since 2/5/14


In all reality that large segment you talk about has gotten quite a bit smaller as the technology gets better and better.  With the electronics available, the equipment, depth curve charts easily available on your phone it doesn't make it that difficult for someone to go out and be successful assuming that the fish are there.  I really feel that limits across the board are going to have to be cut for every species.

8/18/22 @ 9:18 AM
User since 12/14/12

Thing is, I don't understand why anyone would accept fish from a guide.  Especially if either party has caught their limit.  Most states have the possession limit as double their daily limit, so unless one eats fish that night, one is done fishing for the trip.

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