Joe Henry of Lake of the Woods Tourism will represent the premier walleye fishery in Walleye War. (Lake of the Woods Tourism)When tourism spokesmen for two top ice fishing destinations in the Upper Midwest go head to head in January, there could be a lot on the line – their fishing lines, anyway. Tanner Cherney at North Dakota’s Devils Lake…
The winter regulations on Lake of the Woods will match the current summer regulations, reducing the aggregate walleye and sauger limit from eight to six, with no more than four walleye. And catch-and-release only on the river and Fourmile Bay from March 1-April 14.
The new regulations, which will take effect May 11, will remove the 20- to 26-inch protected slot and replace it with a regulation similar to the statewide regulation, but with a four-fish walleye limit, one of which can be over 20 inches.
Top anglers match spoon design for different phases of winter and the moods of walleyes.
The same regulation has been in place since the May 2017 fishing opener.
Would include the combined daily bag limit for walleye and sauger from six to four, with one over 20 inches, and include an option to further reduce the bag limit for sauger in Pools 5 through 9; the existing 15-inch minimum length for walleye would remain.
The 2019 walleye stamp will feature Stephen Hamrick’s painting of a walleye swimming at night under a full moon near an angler’s leech-baited hook and slip bobber. It’s the 11th time he’s won a DNR stamp contest.
Use electronics to scan steep breaks to locate baitfish and predators, then make sure to follow them as they switch depths during changing light conditions.
For the author, his homemade jigs offer the perfect profile topped off with a heavy wire Gamakatsu jig hook to keep those hard-mouthed bronzebacks hooked up.Every year I fish Lake Erie in search of monster-sized golden walleye. This trip is always topped off with some great smallmouth fishing action in the afternoons. These bronzebacks are starting to move up onto the shallow…
Lake Sakakawea had the eighth highest catch of young-of-the-year walleye on record. And Devils Lake saw fair to good numbers of walleye, with the catch close to average even though Game and Fish didn’t stock any walleye in the fishery this year.
The DNR will conduct its annual walleye assessment near Monroe from Oct. 8-12. Note to anglers and boaters: Be cautious around buoys, 1,300-foot-long nets.
The survey results through the end of August indicate catch rates were still quite good this summer, but were lower than last year.
The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its long-term average.
Walleyes are an invasive species in Idaho.BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildlife officials say someone illegally stocked walleye in Lake Cascade in west-central Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release says a fish caught last week was positively identified as a walleye on Wednesday. Fish and Game says the walleye measured more than 19 inches long….
Walleyes headliner for public comment, potential reg changes on Lake of the Woods, Rainy River, Leech
Proposed regulation changes also look to protect saugers on Lake of the Woods, Rainy River.
Highlights include proposals to modify existing special walleye regulations on Leech Lake, walleye and sauger regulations on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River; northern pike regulations on Lake Vermilion; and a review of experimental walleye regulations on Kabetogama, Namakan, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes.
Planned evaluation of the current northern pike special regulation is underway, including a proposal to simplify pike regulations by bringing them in line with the new statewide zone regulation.
Get out there and take advantage of our Great Lakes fishing – these are going to be the “good old days.”
An immediate, aggressive approach to fishing can produce more action quickly during a hot bite of mid-summer.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind anglers that as reservoir water temperatures increase, mortality associated with catch-and-release also increases. A past study published in The North American Journal of Fisheries Management found that walleye catch-and-release mortality rate rose from zero to 1.8 percent with water temps below 68 degrees to nearly 16 percent when water temps were above…
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe hopes to test a hypothesis that warming lake temperatures are contributing to the recent walleye population decline.
The plan outlines proposed five-year fish population objectives and management actions for walleye, sauger, northern pike and lake sturgeon, with most of the interest surrounding possible changes for walleye, sauger.
“Considering not many went into Lake Sakakawea, this was one of the largest stockings of more than 8 million fingerlings into the smaller fishing waters across the state.”
Those who fish the Mississippi between Hastings and the Iowa border encouraged to fill out online questionnaire aimed at gathering public input as the agency reviews bag and size limits for gamefish on that stretch of the river.
First-ever NABC bass tournament a highlight on growing Lake of the Woods-area tournament fishing slate.
Extent of the outbreak won’t be known until a summer smelt population survey, but Game and Fish isn’t overly worried.