Re: NANFA-- Wisconsin

Tue, 6 Jun 2000 15:19:53 -0500

Hey Niki, welcome aboard! I also live in Wisconsin, but on the other side,
in the Racine area. I contacted the DNR and was told that the rules are as
follows; No special permit is required to keep native fish in Wisconsin.
The only limitation is that if you are collecting the fish from the wild
they must meet the minimum size limitations as set forth in the fishing
regulations and all possession rules also apply. You must also have a valid
Wisconsin fishing license. The person I spoke with was John Nelson. He is
in the Plymouth office of the DNR in Wisconsin and can be reached at
920-892-8756, at least he could when I spoke to him, if you have further
questions. There are several people on this list that are from Wisconsin
and a few are even in your general area. You may also want to check out the
Native Fish Conservancy at They have a similar mail
group and most of the people over there keep native fish as well.

I have kept all of the fish you mentioned and of them my favorite is the
Rock Bass. They are all very territorial and will divide the tank up into
little sections. If one fish wanders into another's territory he will be
chased back out. The Pumpkinseed I had was the worst. He completely
dominated the tank and herded all of the other fish into an upper corner.
Then kept them there. I finally decided that if I wanted more then one
fish, he had to go. I also have Perch, but they are kind of boring. They
tend to be a nocturnal hunter so they just kind of lay around during the
day, getting more active in the evening.

Let me know if you need anything else.


Hi everyone!

I just subscribed to this list last night. I don't keep any native fish at
this time, but plan to in the future. I live in southwestern Wisconsin,
the Mississippi River. Anyone know what the laws are for keeping native
from the Mississippi in Wisconsin? I do have a fishing license so I'm legal
in that respect, but I want to make sure I don't get in trouble. I'm in
process of setting up a 55-gallon aquarium for probably rock bass &
bluegill or pumpkinseeds. Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance.

Niki Evans

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