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reduced bag limit Winnebago system

2/26/20 @ 9:56 AM
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capt.spanky
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. 

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2/27/20 @ 12:48 PM
nihsif
nihsif
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, [email protected] 

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
Peterskeeter
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.

2/27/20 @ 11:19 AM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01
2/27/20 @ 11:03 AM
Peterskeeter
User since 2/6/11

Where is this change you speak of? All the regs still say 5 fish. The DNR doesn't do mid year changes. They do them with the next printing of the regs. That would be 2021-2022 book. Be hard to enforce a 3 fish limit when all the regs still say 5 fish..... Will they be putting out a new book? 2020-2021 or something? 

2/27/20 @ 10:53 AM
Paranoid Percher
User since 8/19/18

Fishhound you are right have not saw a warden in 3 years and I fish all over the system different launches almost ever time out

2/27/20 @ 10:24 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

There will be wide spread culling, no question. I hope the DNR is out in full force enforcing important laws. 

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.

Although we all know the odds of actually getting checked on the lake are slim to none it seems. We've all seen the dad catch his kids limit without his kid ever picking up a fishing pole, very little enforcement on the system is actually part of the problem. 

2/27/20 @ 10:15 AM
hotbait
User since 5/16/16

Thanks guys. 

2/27/20 @ 10:14 AM
SpikeRoberts
User since 1/22/18

That is correct. The system is treated as a unitary body of water in the DNRs description of the new limit 

2/27/20 @ 10:08 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

Hot bait, you are incorrect, it is three fish system wide limit. 

"On the Lake Winnebago System, the daily bag limit for walleye and sauger will decrease to three in total, with only one being a sauger."

It mentions which lakes, rivers, and tributaries are included in the System. It is not say that each lake, river, and tributary has a three fish limit.


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