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At one point I looked at the same sheet thinking it was current. 2016-17 regs were effective April 1, 2016. Your post shows the 2015-16 regs. It is a little confusing but you just have to closely watch the dates. As for the rationale for changing, I haven't the slightest idea, but I always thought a slot would be an interesting idea. I would have liked the slot to be 20-28, there are quite a few 28+" walleyes in Metonga right now and that would allow someone to keep a nice trophy, if desired. Good luck this weekend, have not been out on lake so I have no idea where the fish will be in the post spawn schedule, will it be jigs or crankbaits?
Could a DNR fish biologist please explain the rational for this change. I don't have a problem with the changes but it sure is a lot different than the regs we have had for the past three or four years. I can make some assumptions but what are these new regs telling us about the walleye fishery on Metonga.
If you dig a little and then put the puzzle pieces together it is updated on the DNR site. It has ceded territory (3 fish, 15" minimum, 20-24 no keep slot and one fish over 24") and then you have to go way down to get special regulations by county. For example, Lucerne is still 18" minimum size limit, it is listed as one of the special regulations. I guess they could have spelled out each lake.
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Gimper those are the old rules, the DNR does not have their website updated yet. Yes it is very confusing but the new walleye regs will be 15" minimum with the 20-24" slot. I expect, and hope, the DNR has their webpage updated by this weekend to eliminate the confusion