The 2022 smallmouth bass season in the northern zone kicked off on June 18 and runs through March 5, 2023.

During the open season, anglers can catch and harvest smallmouth bass within the northern bass management zone. All regulations and license requirements apply and can be found in the 2022-2023 Guide to Wisconsin’s Hook and Line Regulations for details.

While anglers in the southern zone have been able to harvest bass since May 7, anglers will be able to harvest smallmouth bass in additional waters as of June 18. These waters include Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters and northern management zone.

Anglers should note that there have been some changes to the bass regulations for some lakes in the northern zone, including local lakes.

These changes include no minimum length limit for large and smallmouth bass on Upper and Lower Buckatabon Lakes in Vilas County and Katherine Lake in Oneida County. North Nokomis Lake (Oneida County), Butternut Lake (Forest County) and Franklin Lake (Forest County) all have no minimum length limit, but only one largemouth or smallmouth bass over 18 inches long and no bass between 14-18 inches long may be kept.

A list of all recent regulation changes and full information and regulations are available at the Department of Natural Resources website at