I don't troll. Fish mostly with jigs. Last 4 years the walleye population is not the same as it used to be. I wonder if this lake is dying. Except for the pros I don't see the success we used to have. Have noticed some of those on TV are fishing Winnebago much anymore. Have a great day everyone.
the 15" size limit was part of the Winnebago Walleye Management Plan
here's the bullet point
*Implementation of a 15 inch walleye minimum length limit from 1992-1997 to provide greater protection of the strong 1990 and 1991 year classes and improving their potential for recruitment to the adult population
Gobbler is right, how can you evaluate the effectiveness of the lower bag limit without giving it at least a few more years? And how can you call a 40% reduction in the daily limit "a small step"? As far as a 15" minimum size limit, that was tried on the Winnebago system once before, it was removed because it was ineffective.
Curious to get reports on population heading into year 3 of the 3 fish daily bag and what impact or not that may be having.
If the DNR needs more funding start fining more people and fine them more. Heck, I'd go to a DNR auction to bid on a boat upgrade if they confiscated one. Make the fines hurt, they are a deterrent as much as anything. You might not get caught but if you do are you willing to risk your boat and gear?
A slot would be a start. You can Keep 3 eyes 14-18”, 18-24” go back and one over 24”. It has worked very good on the Fox Chain in Illinois. The walleye fishery is very strong and you catch a lot of eyes, when they cooperate. Just my two cents.
H&H, over the last several years......more times than I can remember.....25-35.....if I get a human (rare), the response is 'We'll see if we can get an officer to look into it..... Thanks for your concern.' After a while it just got tiresome and now with the lack of funding for WI DNR.....my time is better spent continuing to fish and comment to the offenders, when I think it's appropriate...i.e. the offenders aren't 6ft 6, weighing 300lbs.....I'm older and not a real big dude.....I pick my battles carefully these days.
troutmaskreplica How many times have you called dnr hotline?
...back to the Winnebago chain, specifically....the last few times I've fished Winnebago, Butte des Morts, Poygan, and the Wolf in between, I've been able to find decent walleye. Usually all cpr, but once in a while a walleye/crappie dinner. The big problem seems to be that I see way more 'violators' each time and fewer 'law abiding citizen' fishermen, no matter where I look. I've been fishing Winnebago and that chain since the mid '60's....most peoples' respect for the water and the fishery has gone down the $hitter.....and don't even start with boating etiquette these days...... :~(.........I think I need a drink now..... :~/
oh, I agree... DNR enforcement has always been treated like crap... they could triple the force and still come up short, and they could pass some laws with some teeth... taking away privileges from a lifetime violator has to make the violator laugh
....I'm not a law maker, but I'm sure they could come up with some that may discourage the less criminal violators, and put some career violators out of business
nihsif, don't disagree, but regular enforcement of the existing regs is also key. Every lake I have fished in MN over the last 3 years has been well patrolled by waterborne and launch site DNR......WI lakes....uhhh, not so much....at all....
yeah, MN has had to do some big measures in certain lakes... I believe they shut down fishing on Red lake for a year or more, but that, I believe was due to Indians over-harvesting with nets, at least that's what I recall
slots are not the cure all for every situation, I think Winnebago is in good hands with the current walleye team keeping tabs on all kinds of walleye measures...
...not catching fish could just mean there's and abundance of bait fish, or a couple poor recruitment years, or weather related, etc...
...but it's good to report information to the team that may help them with their management, I'm sure they factor in that stuff along with their other data
...and the really good new is that it is a renewable resource that is being watched pretty closely