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Red Lake walleye limit reduced for summer

Anglers can keep three fish daily this summer, down from four in summer 2020.

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A Red Lake walleye caught in JUne, 2020. (John Myers / jmyers@duluthnews.com)

St. PAUL -- Anglers fishing during the summer season on Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota will have a three-walleye bag limit this year, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed, down from four fish allowed in 2020.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, April 20 said anglers had an excellent winter season, harvesting 143,000 pounds of walleye. The annual harvest by state anglers is anticipated to fall within 120,000-240,000 pounds.

The three-walleye bag limit, with one over-17-inch-size restriction, is intended to keep the annual harvest within the target harvest range. Last summer anglers harvested 131,000 pounds with a four-fish limit with one over 17 inches.
“Anglers need to remember to bring a good measuring device along with them on their trip to Upper Red Lake,” said Andy Thompson, Bemidji area fisheries supervisor for the DNR. “Many walleye will measure just above, or just under, the 17-inch size restriction.”

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The Red Lake Nation and the Minnesota DNR manage walleye harvest on Red Lake under a joint harvest plan that the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee revised in 2015.

The DNR will determine the 2021/2022 winter harvest regulations after the summer fishing season and the completion of fall assessment netting. The summer walleye season begins May 15.

More information on Upper Red Lake fishing regulation is available at dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/upper-red-lake-regulations .

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