The Department of Natural Resources has announced another revision to walleye bag limits on northern lakes.
Late last month the DNR announced their first revision to walleye bag limits on more than 400 lakes in the ceded territory of Northern Wisconsin. Those revisions are made as the Lac du Flambeau spring harvest totals come in. In that announcement, 21 northern lakes were listed as having a one walleye limit, but with yesterday’s action, those remaining lakes have been raised to two walleye.
The DNR says angler success rates are highest in May, and more than 25 percent of annual walleye harvest normally occurs during that month. This rule allows department biologists to consider the impacts a one-fish daily bag limit during the month of May had on total annual angler harvest and set an appropriate bag limit for the remainder of the fishing season.
Joe Hennessy the DNR treaty fisheries coordinator says, “By using angler harvest trend data from over 30 years of creel surveys in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory, in addition to actual and anticipated tribal harvest, we can now fine-tune bag limit adjustments, providing more opportunities for anglers while continuing to sustain a healthy fishery for all to enjoy.”
The emergency rule is in place for this year only and will affect only angler harvest. The department will continue discussions with Chippewa tribes about long-term efforts that will yield less fluctuation and more consistency with angler regulations while still effectively managing and protecting the resource for all to enjoy.
There are a variety of ways to check the walleye bag limits on the lakes you are fishing including the DNR website, signs posted at boat landings and a new app for your smart phone.