You'll be able to catch more walleye on Upper and Lower Red Lake this year.
The Minnesota DNR raised the walleye limit on the northwestern Minnesota lake for this summer, allowing anglers to keep four walleye. Only one of the four fish may be longer than 17 inches, though.
These new regulations, which go into effect for the opener on May 13, mean anglers can keep one more fish than they could during the winter season.
The DNR and the Red Lake Nation began managing the walleye population on Red Lake after walleye populations collapsed in the 1990s due to overfishing, the Red Lake DNR says. Efforts to restore the population worked – by 2006 it was reopened to walleye anglers, and has since become a popular place to fish.
Walleye now live in 1,700 lakes and 100 warm-water streams in Minnesota, the DNR says, with Minnesota's 10 largest lakes – including Red Lake – making up about 40 percent of the annual walleye harvest in Minnesota, the DNR notes.
Fishing in Minnesota
Walleye is the most sought-after fish in Minnesota, with northern pike and muskie tied for second, according to the DNR. The fishing seasons for walleye and northern pike begin May 13, while the 2017 fishing season for muskie begins June 3.
Of the 1.4 million people who are licensed to fish in Minnesota, about 500,000 are expected to head to a lake or stream for the kick-off to the walleye and northern pike fishing seasons next month.
The average angler spends about 15 days fishing every year.
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