Fishing Regulation Changes on Big Winnie?

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From the DNR:

Lake Winnibigoshish fishing regulations to be discussed

Anglers who fish for walleye on Lake Winnibigoshish and connected waters will have an opportunity to discuss proposed regulations that would narrow the protected slot and allow for the potential of increased harvest.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting two open-house style public meetings to allow for discussion.

Meetings will be held:

  • Monday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Minnesota Interagency Fire Center Training Room, 402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bug-O-Nay-Gee-Shig School, 15353 Silver Eagle Drive NW, Bena.

Buy-Our-PicsThe proposed walleye regulation is a 18- to 23-inch protected slot with a daily and possession limit of six fish.

DNR fisheries staff will answer questions and take comments about whether to continue or modify the regulation.

Both meetings will begin with a short presentation describing the changes in the walleye fishery since implementing the current protected slot limit of 17- to 26-inches, which began in 2000. The presentation will also include information on the new regulation option being considered.

“The status of the walleye population at Winnie is very good and there is a surplus of fish that anglers can harvest with little risk to the long-term health of the fishery,” said Chris Kavanaugh, DNR area fisheries supervisor in Grand Rapids.

The current protected slot limit of 17-to 26-inches has resulted in increased angler catch rates, as well increases in the number of spawning walleye and the frequency of good year classes.  While there are no signs of the population being out of balance, goals have been met or exceeded and the data show the fishery can support additional harvest.

Public input on special regulations is an important part of the process,” Kavanaugh said. “We want to hear from anglers whether they support the proposed change, or not, and listen to their concerns so we can make an informed decision regarding any changes.”

Comments may be submitted directly to the DNR area fisheries office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 or by email to Written comments accepted until Saturday, Nov. 1.


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