Just came back from Stacks bay/ lake Minocqua...3 guys did walk way out today . Holes drilled all the way and I measured the first 2 at 2.5" ....5 bait shops in Vilas county had NO reports as of this morning. Checked a half dozen of our typically early lakes near Boulder and Manitowish with nobody on them yet. Checked a 13 acre pond with 2" but didn't want to venture out yet.
Minoqua Chain, Oneida County
MOON PHASE (16%)
Poachers will always poach, the main concern would be just getting the word out so that your average fisherman knows walleye are not allowed.
As for the current population. The majority of the walleye on the chain are currently between 20-28" with very few 12-20" and then another spike in fish below 12" (likely from recent stockings). Without some sort of intervention, the walleye basically would've died of old age or been harvested without a younger age group to keep the population going.
Basically there is a gap where we're missing several year classes of fish.
As I understand it from talking with the DNR.
The only thing the DNR has to do after the 5 years is up is make the regulations conducive to leaving the fish who contribute to the spawn in the lake! I think a protected slot from 17-26 inches would be perfect with a daily bag limit of 2 (1 fish can be above, 1 below the protected slot).
Sorry, hopefully I didn't just open up a huge bag of worms Hope everyone is off to a safe and enjoyable ice season!
MOON PHASE (9%)