More restrictive walleye regulations for Upper Red Lake take effect Jan. 23

Bemidji, Minn. — Beginning Friday, Jan. 23, walleye regulations will become more restrictive on Upper Red Lake because of a record December walleye harvest, according to the Minnesota DNR.

The daily bag and possession limit will be two walleyes, and anglers must immediately release all walleyes 17 to 26 inches long. Only one walleye in possession may be longer than 26 inches. The current regulation allowed three walleyes in the daily bag and possession limit. 

Walleye fishing pressure and harvest continue to increase on Upper Red Lake despite more restrictive angling regulations that were implemented on Dec. 1, 2014.

“Fishing pressure in December was more than double compared to last December,” said Gary Barnard, Bemidji area fisheries supervisor. “High walleye catch rates and ideal ice travel conditions attracted a record number of walleye anglers to Upper Red Lake this winter.”

Walleye harvest is up 57 percent from estimates for a comparable time period last year, requiring some action to help curtail excessive winter harvest. 

Upper Red Lake harvest restrictions are necessary to comply with a joint walleye harvest plan agreement with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. For more information on Red Lake fishing regulations, click here.

For more details, read this week’s issue of Outdoor News.

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