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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.
The survey results through the end of August indicate catch rates were still quite good this summer, but were lower than last year.
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.
An immediate, aggressive approach to fishing can produce more action quickly during a hot bite of mid-summer.
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.
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.
Watching the national bass and walleye tournament fishing scene flourish has been extremely gratifying for the author, who is emceeing the inaugural Blackfish Classic in July.
Beginning March 1, fewer keeper walleyes, saugers in spring, winter under Lake of the Woods proposal
Would mean catch-and-release for spring fishing season on Rainy River and changing winter regs to match those of the open-water season, with two less saugers to help protect that population, and the changes would go into effect March 1, 2019.
A fine day of catching Mississippi River walleyes reminds the author to enjoy these heady days of June fishing.
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