In reading some of the posts there are a few concepts that some people need to understand. One is that a body of water can only produce a certain amount of life whether it is bait, panfish or small and large gamefish. The concept of biomass seems counter to the Muskego lake limits. You cannot have large numbers of both small and large gamefish unless the lake is unusually fertile. The biggest detriment to larger gamefish is a high number smaller gamefish. The only way to have a large number of large gamefish is to have large populations of Cisco, sucker or shad and probably a lower number of gamefish. The Escanaba lake experiment proved you cannot produce large populations of large walleye without a Cisco or shad forage base. To date after approximately 20 years , there has been only one 28” walleye caught in a fyke net or by rod and reel. The walleye regs have been catch and release for 20 years with the ability to keep one over 28”. Like I said, one has been caught in 20 years.
Secondly, every lake has different conditions. You cannot regulate Green Bay walleyes like a small lake in northern Wisconsin. Different forage bases produce vastly different populations. There has to be different regulations for the diverse conditions on different lakes. With that said, I think that concept in northern Wisconsin where there about 6 different walleye size limits on the lakes up there. It is very confusing especially when signs are ripped down at landings.
The walleye size restriction that has me scratching my head is the 18” size limit on stocked lakes that don’t have any natural reproduction. The 18” limit was designed so all females went through at least one spawn. Why is it implemented on lakes where walleyes don’t spawn successfully?