Anglers enjoying great bite but incident illustrates danger of early ice.
Upper Red Lake
Anglers will have a three-walleye bag limit – down from four last winter – starting Nov. 1.
Open-water regs also allow for one fish over 20 inches, from 17 inches in 2021.
And a four-walleye bag limit – up one from last winter – is set on Upper Red Lake.
The three-walleye bag limit, with one over 17 inch size restriction, is intended to keep annual harvest within the target harvest range. Last summer, anglers harvested 131,000 pounds with a four-fish limit with one over 17 inches.
Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red in northern Minnesota will have a three-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed. Heavy winter fishing over the last four years has resulted in the more restrictive regs.
The regulations, which become effective Sunday, Dec. 1, are the same as those of last winter but more restrictive than during 2019 open water fishing.
Now anglers can keep one fish over 20 inches, instead of one over 17.
No adult zebra mussels have been identified. Eight veligers were found in a zooplankton sample taken in the middle of Upper Red Lake.
The same regulation has been in place since the May 2017 fishing opener.
But adjustments to size or bag limits may be needed in the future if the spawning stock needs more protection.
Two bodies that were recovered from Upper Red Lake on Monday have been identified. According to reports Tuesday afternoon, relatives and authorities identified the victims as Melissa Seidenstricker, 30, of Princeton and Zeth Knyphausen, 29, of Stacy. The two were riding an all-terrain vehicle that went through the ice on Upper Red Lake over the weekend. The ATV was recovered earlier Monday. The…
This will be the first winter season with the combination of a four-fish bag limit and one over 17 inches allowed.
As always, a lot going on with Minnesota’s iconic annual fishing kickoff, this year scheduled Saturday, May 13.
They’ll be able to keep four walleyes — up one from last spring and winter, with one longer than 17 inches still allowed in the mix.
Great Eight LAKE MILLE LACS East – You’ll find 8 to 10 inches of ice in the bays, while main lake ice depths vary so be sure to check with a resort or bait shop before venturing out. Walleye action has been very good with fish of all sizes being caught in 18 to 22 feet. There…
But they managed to get themselves and the ice house to safety, catching a few fish to boot.