Upper Red Lake’s mid-season slot adjustment remains for 2010

Regulations that require Upper Red Lake anglers to release
smaller walleye during the first month of the open water season
will remain in effect for 2010, according to the Minnesota DNR.

From Saturday, May 15, through Monday, June 14, anglers must
release all walleye 17 to 26 inches long. Effective Tuesday, June
15, anglers must immediate release all walleye 20 to 26 inches
long. During both time periods, anglers can possess no more than
four fish and only one of those fish can be longer than 26
inches.

The walleye size limit will revert back to the 17- to 26-inch
protected range on Wednesday, Dec. 1, for the winter angling
season. The possession limit will remain at four fish.

“One year-round regulation would be less complex but this set of
regulations provides a good balance of resource protection and
angler opportunity on Upper Red Lake,” said Gary Barnard, DNR
Bemidji area fisheries supervisor.

A more restrictive size limit is necessary for the early season
when angler catch rates are high and mature spawning walleye are
extremely vulnerable. During the first month of the season, anglers
must sort for smaller “keeper” size males and immature walleye. As
the open water season progresses, catch rates and fishing pressure
decline, reducing the impact of harvesting larger walleye. The
adjustment back to a more restrictive size limit in winter is
necessary due to consistently high ice fishing pressure.

“This regulation package, which has been very popular with
anglers and local businesses, effectively manages walleye harvest
within established safe harvest levels,” Barnard said.

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