Recent Tournaments Results suggest all is Not well with the system ! 225 Boats and 450 of the (Best) walleye fishermen in the country and over 1/2 cannot catch one fish In a 3 day tournament! Only a handful of angler Teams reported a 5 fish limit, and this is with NO size limit! Weather conditions were very good every day, with just a few wet conditions! Wi.DNR should do a re-evaluation and maybe some honest answers about this system!
Winnebago system Walleye fishing
Another Pro tournament and 81, 2 man teams got ZERO 15" fish for 2 days in a row. No weather problems, no problems period, just a very low number of fish over 15". WAKE UP.
Dang I should have been in that tournment, doing much better this year than last.Size is up also.I think it's more that the day of that tournment it was just on a day with few fish moving thru.
Have been fishing Winnebago only 10 years, and have noticed changes in the perch and walleye concentrations. Crappie went from not many to a lot. We do not keep any walleye under 16" or over 22". We also were happy to see the 3 bag limit on eyes. The system is working but again have been fishing Winnebago only 10 years, still learning!!
The DNR is having a series of meetings on Walleye management for the state. Look at meeting dates on web site and apply for meeting. They will listen to this type of input. this is the site https://dnr.wi.gov/calendar/meetings/ Lets be serious please.
AMEN ! The biggest threat to the future fishery is the lake or river specific fishing report along with photos of LOOK WHAT I CAUGHT, true or not!
We live in the age of the internet. Any hot bite is jumped on by couch anglers waiting for the easy limits. The best way to protect your hot bite is to keep your mouth shut, not brag on LL or facebook and share stories at the end of the season. I keep much of my success to myself and my honey holes and patterns don't get fished down. There are places to share success, large bodies, but I only give a pattern. People need to learn to fish for themselves.
In southern Wi. The DNR has a 3 fish 18 in. Walleye limit.Almost all of the waters exist with stocked fish, even Kosh and the Rock is mostly supported by massive stocking! Why would the Wolf ,Fox, Winnebago systemwide, have No size limit, unrestricted limits on White Bass, all dependent on natural recruitment! Time to bite the bullet And put limits on all harvesting! The system is being pounded and pressure Has to be factored in.Time to do something is now!
Bad Santa, You make some good points and I don't really disagree with you. I recall the days when you could not cast your bait for fear of hooking the guy in the next boat. What I was trying to say was if numbers are down and pressure is up (both big "ifs") the WDNR could look to reducing the bag and creating a minimum length limit or a slot limit, and see if that helps. Common sense, which is not always scientifically accurate, would say protect the spawners. One needs to look no further than reducing the bag on Perch and Bluegills to demonstrate that technique can help in some lakes. Thanks.