There’s great fishing to be had on northern Wisconsin lakes this Memorial Day weekend and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers to be aware of updated walleye rules.
Highlights of the new and upcoming changes include:
• A three walleye daily bag limit is now in place on most waters in Wisconsin’s Ceded Territory. The new regulations replace the previous system of annually adjusting bag limits to account for tribal harvest activity. On most lakes, the three-bag daily limit includes a 15-inch minimum combined with a protected, no-harvest “slot” of fish between 20 and 24 inches and the ability to harvest one walleye greater than 24 inches.
The waterbody daily bag limits apply to individual lakes, said Russell Fell, DNR conservation warden supervisor in Spooner. An angler can go to another body of water and harvest additional walleye to meet the total daily bag limit of five in Wisconsin waters. However, while fishing on the water, bank or shore of any lake, anglers cannot possess fish in excess of the waterbody’s daily bag — that means a limit of fish harvested from a lake must be transferred to a house, cabin, or vehicle cooler before fishing the next lake.
• A catch-and-release only walleye season is now in effect on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes. The five-year catch-and-release only plan was developed by area angling groups, community leaders and Chippewa tribal leaders with support from DNR as part of a plan to restore natural reproduction and a sustainable walleye population on the Oneida County lakes, said Steve Hewett, DNR fisheries management section chief.
Additional habitat improvements, stocking efforts and research projects also will move ahead, Hewett said. There are many great fishing opportunities for catching and keeping other game fish and panfish on Minocqua, Mid, Mud, Jerome, Kawaguesaga, Little Tomahawk and Tomahawk lakes.
Have fun and be safe out there this weekend and make sure to comply with all your local fishing laws.
Happy Memorial Day!