Minnesota’s inland waters walleye fishing season begins this Saturday, May 13. Follow T3’s advice for top walleye success this weekend and beyond.
Walleye population assessments show very healthy numbers of large walleyes.
The DNR has tagged more than 100,000 walleyes in the Saginaw Bay area since 1981.
Sometime in the late 1970s or ’80s the weeds began to get thicker and the rocky shoals where we found walleyes were now engulfed in thick weeds. This had to impact the walleyes spawning in the lake and it began to show. However, more than weeds, it seemed crappies began to proliferate at an astounding rate.
Walleyes in one of northern Wisconsin’s most popular fisheries are in trouble, now numbering an estimated 2,000 fish, which is down from about 13,000 in 1990.
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.
This will be the first time the championship will be held in Illinois or on the Mississippi River.
Also, results from last summer’s hooking mortality study to be released at upcoming Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee meeting.
Reports of as many as 30-, 60-, and 70-fish days.