Fishing the Other Side of the River
Last updated on May 24, 2011 at 02:08 PM

Maybe you just want a change of pace, or maybe you've heard the fish are biting across the river. Regardless, it could sure pay to know what the regulations are for fishing on the opposite shore of the Mississippi.

Here are the rules pertaining to nonresident anglers (possessing a license from their adjacent home state) who fish across the borders, according to DNR representatives. Keep in mind that you must abide by all of the state's fishing regulations, such as size and bag limits.


Fishing is allowed by Iowa anglers from shore or by boat, as long as they are west of the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks.

No fishing from shore is permitted. Iowa anglers in boats are allowed to fish, but may not enter a tributary or secure their boat to any part of shore, including docks and trees.


The state has reciprocal agreements with its Boundary Water neighbors. Wisconsin anglers may fish the river from boat or shore east of the railroad tracks. Illinois anglers can fish from boats, but are not allowed to fish from shore.

Of course, you could always buy a nonresident fishing license and have peace of mind.

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