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reduced bag limit Winnebago system

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. 

TODAY @ 1:04 PM
User since 7/20/09

I understand the point of pulling lines, but in reality it likely does not happen.  If you are on Bago, all you have to say is you are targeting sheephead or whitebass and you are magically in compliance.  The only place I can think of where you could maybe make a point of this would be salmon/trout fishing on Lake Michigan because you don't get too many other species.

That's the thing with trolling, you don't have designated rods.  If you were not trolling, then the guys with their limits can't keep more fish so that is more enforceable.

Not trying to be Mr. loophole, but its just reality of what I see everywhere trolling is involved.

TODAY @ 12:44 PM
User since 7/5/11

If my alchohol addled brain recalls correctly, back in the mid 1990's there was an explosion in the walleye population and then the bag and size limits were pretty much removed. Now you can pull out three ten inchers? I heard they gotta be 16" to have spawned. What is happening here? Is this lake system changing due more due to man made pressures, fishing pressure, DNR meddling, or natural causes?

Has the ecosystem changed to the point that former populations are unsustainable? 

TODAY @ 12:05 PM
User since 1/22/18


The regs state: "It is illegal to take, catch, kill, or fish for any variety of fish in excess of the daily bag limit or total daily bag limit" (p. 9). It is also illegal to group bag (p. 9).

Once a person has reached their limit, they can no longer target that species. If 2 people are fishing together and one catches his limit, that person can no longer target that species and would have to pull their lines.

TODAY @ 11:37 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

Crawler, it was posted over a month ago so had to go back and read, but yes that is correct.

I assume in your post you're talking a 5 Walleye per person limit with four people in the boat. Let's keep in mind on 'bago now it's 3 Walleye per day though.

Using your numbers of 19 Walleyes kept with four people fishing  (you are running 12 lines) that point you are running 9 more lines than allowed, because 3 people have already boated their limit of 5 Walleyes each and one has 4. The limit is dictated per person (daily bag) not per vessel. In WI once you have reached your daily bag limit you are not allowed to target that species anymore, you must stop fishing for them by removing their lines from the spread. Catch and release of a single species is only allowed up until your daily bag limit. In WI once it goes in a livewell or cooler it is considered part of your daily bag even if you choose to release it later.

In states where culling is allowed you can continue to fish because you can "upgrade" your catch if they are kept in a releasable condition. 

The same holds true on Lake Michigan with Trout and Salmon, you must reduce your line count after each licensed angler aboard reaches their daily bag limit.

Chartering with a captain and/or crew adds other variables I will not discuss to confuse anybody.

TODAY @ 11:04 AM
User since 10/10/17

Fish Hound....

Regarding your comment that accurate for Wisconsin or any state nearby?  You can always catch and release, so I haven't seen any regulations around using less poles when you are nearing your limit.  I have always understood it as you have 19 keepers in the boat, with 1 to go.  You can still fish with 12 poles/boards, because you can throw them back.  

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.

TODAY @ 10:10 AM
User since 1/31/16

Today's the day it finally changes. Hopefully the bag limit change will only be for five years like they said. Unfortunately the fish are getting hammered more this year with everybody off fishing.

I still wonder why nothing was done specifically to protect the immature females in Oshkosh , the neighbor had a couple 11" fish and said they weren't females because they didn't have eggs and he actually believed it!

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. 

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