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2/26/20 @ 9:56 AM
User since 6/12/02

Effective 04/01/2020 daily bag on walleyes is reduced to 3 fish no size limit. Details on dnr website. 

3/16/20 @ 1:37 PM
User since 3/25/10

Found the new changes here: 

Hope this helps save some people money/ having a bad day.

2/29/20 @ 11:53 AM
User since 4/16/18

I am not the greatest fisherman.   Except for a limit each year in May or June I seldom catch more than 1 or 2.  Maybe a reduced bag limit will help me out.  I don't think my family has ever taken more than 20 walleye in a year out of the system.

2/27/20 @ 11:13 PM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

Yeah, I guess I was talking about Walleye fishing on this Walleye fishing thread. Of course you can fish for a different species.

That being said if you're out trolling six boards with Flickershads and have 5 Walleyes in the well you're in for trouble. Same can be said for any type of fishing, if they feel you are still reasonably targeting Walleye after you have your limit you're in trouble.

2/27/20 @ 10:01 PM
User since 2/8/11

Fishhound- “Remember, now a boat with two anglers can have no more that four Walleyes in the well if both want to keep fishing. If you want to break the law by culling you better be doing it two short of a two person limit or your breaking more than just a culling law and it's much harder to say "oh, I wasn't fishing" when a warden is watching from afar.”

This is actually not true for the most part. You can be in possession of a full limit of walleyes but still continue to fish. There are still other fish in the system to fish for that are caught in the same manner as you would walleyes. Perch, whitebass, pike, small and largemouth bass can all be fished for and are often fished for in a similar way and location to walleyes. Now, IF you do have a limit of walleyes and continue to fish in a way that potentially also catches walleyes but targeting a different fish and end up catching a large percentage of walleyes compared to the targeted specie, then I could see a warden having a problem with it and would tell you to move to a different location. But if I had been sitting on a reef jigging or out trolling, caught a limit of walleyes and had them in my possession, then went to cast a shoreline or weed bed for bass, an incidental walleye isn’t going to be unlawful if immediately released. 

2/27/20 @ 2:19 PM
User since 10/10/17

PeterSkeeter....Maybe you got a rude PM, but I didn't see anyone's post below as being rude.  I looked for the 2020-2021 regs just last week and couldn't find them.  So they haven't been released yet.  Apparently they will be shortly.  

Someone has been nice enough to share ground-breaking news ahead of time.  Thank you for that.  

2/27/20 @ 12:57 PM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

Peter, you're looking at the 2019-2020 regulations, the new rule doesn't take effect until the 2020-2021 season.

"The DNR doesn't do mid year changes. They do them with the next printing of the regs"  - The book your looking at is void 3/31/2020 and the new rule takes effect 4/01/2020. The regulation year runs concurrent with the license year all 4/01/2020.

I apologize if you fell pointing out what is correct is being rude.

2/27/20 @ 12:51 PM
User since 2/6/11

Just going by what the 'DNR fishing regulations' page says. (seems to be late February) I don't get my rules and regulations from Lake-Link. I wana see the actual regs from the DNR. Thats all..... Maybe I'll try to post on lake link in another 3 or 4  years. Seems nothing has changed. To bad, I could post a lot of fishing reports that I'm sure folks could use. I won't because people just CAN'T be polite here.......

2/27/20 @ 12:48 PM
MEMBER since 6/15/01

FH is correct when saying the entire system is treated as 1 body of water

I deleted my earlier post so as to not create any confusion.

2/27/20 @ 12:37 PM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

"The 2020-2021 fishing regulations are pending legislative approval and will likely be available mid to late February" - This was from a page last updated on February 24th, 2020

It's official as of the release on February 25th, 2020. (seems to be late February) It doesn't say proposal or anything, it says New Fishing Regulations effective April 1, 2020 

Feel free to contact them and question though:

Contact(s): Meredith Penthorn, Fisheries Management policy specialist, 608-316-0080, 

2020-21 Fishing licenses are not even on sale yet, but I'm sure the 2020-21 regulations will probably be available once they do go on sale. After all the 2019-2020 license does expire on 3/31/2020 which is probably why the new rule takes effect on 4/01/2020 as that's when you need a new license as well.

2/27/20 @ 11:25 AM
User since 2/6/11

The 2020-2021 fishing regulations are pending legislative approval and will likely be available mid to late February. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

From the DNR website. No official changes yet. Where do you find the actual 2020-2021 regs book? I expect and hope for the change. With the shad taking hit last April, Pike have been found with up to 14" walleye in their bellies. I mean multiple fish over a few weeks last fall.

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