Walleye bag limits increased in Wisconsin

MADISON – Daily walleye bag limits increased Friday on 447 lakes in northern Wisconsin in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

“Having increased bag limits on these lakes is good news for anglers heading north to enjoy the long weekend fishing, hoping to take fish home,” said Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Cathy Stepp.

Find tips on fishing for walleye by checking out the 2014 Wisconsin Fishing Report’s fishing forecasts.

Anglers’ daily bag limit for walleye will increase to five per day on 269 lakes, to three per day on 171 lakes, and to two walleye per day on seven lakes, according to Ron Bruch, DNR Fisheries Bureau Director.

“This is a great time of year to fish for walleye,” said Bruch. “With spring just arriving, taking ice off the lakes, and with the walleye done spawning, anglers should find hungry fish ready to bite.”

Anglers should consult the 2014-2015 Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations, signs at boat landings, and the 2014-2015 Revised Ceded Territory Walleye Bag Limits for lake-specific information.

Together, the six Chippewa bands harvested 27,433 walleye and 201 musky as of May 22, 2014. The average harvest of walleye since 2004 is 29,907.

An administrative rule passed by the state Natural Resources Board in 1998 allows the department to adjust initial bag limits annually to reflect actual spring spearing harvests.

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