Border waters provide some the first opportunities to launch a boat and work the schools of pre-spawn walleyes and saugers.
Sauger from the first year of stocking are now reaching over 20 inches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 fish, game, trapping licenses set to expire; 2018 licenses will be costlier.
Survey: Walleye numbers down slightly from last year on Lake of the Woods; sauger numbers hold steady
Despite being down a bit, walleye numbers still higher than long-term average.
All signs point to a strong Minnesota fishing opener on the popular and highly regarded walleye fishery.