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4/23/2014 3:58:00 PM
Walleye bag limits set in ceded territory
One-walleye bag limit on 173 northern Wisconsin lakes

Craig Turk
Outdoors Writer/Photographer

The Department of Natural Resources, after reviewing tribal spearing declarations, set preliminary walleye bag limits for 2014-15 in the ceded territory Monday.

There will be 173 northern Wisconsin lakes with a bag limit of one walleye. A number of other lakes will have a two-walleye bag limit.

After the tribal spearfishing harvest, the DNR can adjust walleye bag limits based on actual take.

The total daily bag limit for walleye is five, so anglers can fish other lakes in order to fill their limit. However, anglers cannot possess fish in excess of a lake’s daily bag, so fish should be removed before fishing another lake with a restricted daily bag.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp issued the following statement in response to annual tribal walleye harvest declarations from the Chippewa tribes on Monday:

“Responding to Chippewa tribal declarations, the DNR is obligated to establish a one-walleye daily bag limit for anglers on 173 lakes in northern Wisconsin to ensure a vibrant long-term walleye fishery. Once the spring spearing season concludes, the DNR expects the number of lakes that are set at a one-bag limit will be significantly reduced as has been past practice.

“In the years to come, the DNR anticipates less user conflict. As the Governor noted in his State of the State address, all Wisconsinites love walleye. Through the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, the DNR and partners are making tremendous investments into stocking efforts and habitat improvements that will produce more fish in years to come. We are also pleased that the Natural Resource Board approved our scope statement in March, which will allow us the opportunity to explore management initiatives based on the latest science.

“We are confident that our long-term efforts will yield less fluctuation and more consistency with bag limits while still effectively managing and protecting the resource for all to enjoy.”

Area lakes with a one- or two-walleye bag limit: 

Oneida County

One-walleye bag limit:

Alva, Big Carr, Birch, Blue, Boom, Booth, Buckskin, Carrol, Chain, Clearwater, Clear (846 ac; T39N-R7E-S16), Clear (36 ac; T36N-R9E-S10), Columbus, Creek, Crescent (612 ac; T36N-R8E-S21), East Horsehead, Fifth, Fourth, Gilmore, Hat Rapids Flowage, Indian, Kathan, Medicine, Mercer, Muskellunge, Oneida, Pickerel (736 ac;  T39N-R8E-S18), Rainbow Flowage, Rice Reservoir/Nokomis Chain (includes Rice River Flowage, Nokomis and Bridge Lakes), Shishebogama, Spirit, Swamsauger, Sweeney, Thompson, Thunder (1768 ac; T38NR10E S3), Tomahawk Lake Chain (includes Tomahawk and Little Tomahawk), Upper Kaubashine, Virgin (276 ac; T38N-R11E-S14), and Willow Flowage.

Two-walleye bag limit:

Aldridge, Baker, Bass (124 ac; T37N-R9E-S31), Bear, Bearskin, Big Fork, Big, Big Stone, Bird, Bolger, Brown, Buffalo, Burrows, Clear (30 ac; T37N-R7E-S24), Clear (62 ac; T38N-R8E-S2), Cunard, Currie, Dam, Deer (177 ac; T38N-R11E-S10), Diamond, Dog (37 ac; T39N-R8E-S18), Dog (216 ac; T38N-R11E-S1), Echo, Fish, Fourmile, Franklin, Fuller, Garth, George, Hancock, Hasbrook, Hemlock, Hill, Hixon, Hodstradt, Island, Jennie Webber, Julia (238 ac; Rhinelander), Julia (401 ac; T38N-R11E-S1), Kate Pier, Katherine, Kawaguesaga, Killarney, Laurel, Little Bearskin, Little Carr, Little Fork, Lone Stone, Long (620 ac; T39 R11E S8), Long (113 ac; T37N-R7E-S10), Long (56 ac; T39N-R10E-S3), Lost (155 ac; T38N-R9E-S24), Lower Kaubashine, Lumen, Manson, Maple, Margaret, Mars, McCormick, Mid, Mildred, Minocqua, Moccasin, Moen, Mud (41 ac; T38N-R7E-S8), Mud (124 ac; T38N-R11E-S1), Muskie, North Nokomis, North Two, Oatmeal, Paradise, Pelican, Pier (257 ac; T37N-R4E-S3), Pine (203 ac; T39N-R4E-S36), Pine (240 ac; T37N-R9E-S4), Planting Ground, Prairie, Range Line, Rhinelander Flowage, Rocky Run Flowage, Round, South Pine, South Two, Sand (540 ac; T39N R9E S20), Second, Sevenmile, Seventeen, Shepard, Skunk, Soo, Spider, Squash (392 ac; T36N-R7E-S24), Squaw (Vilas/ Oneida), Squirrel, Stella, Stone (248 ac; T39N-R4E-S27), Sunday, Sunset, Swamp (296 ac; T36N-R6E-S6), Tamarack, Third, Thunder (172 ac; T37N R9E S32), Tim Lynn, Tom Doyle, Townline, Turtle, Two Sisters, Venus, West Horsehead, Walters, Whitefish, Wildwood, and Willow.


Vilas County

One-walleye bag limit:

Alder, Allequash, Alma, Anvil, Apeekwa, Armour, Arrowhead, Ballard, Bass, Belle, Benson, Big Arbor Vitae, Big (T42N R06E S04; Hwy. K), Big Crooked, Big Gibson, Big Muskellunge, Birch, Boot (284 ac; T40N-R9E-S2), Carpenter, Circle Lily, Cochran, Content, Dead Pike, Deerskin, Diamond, Duck, East Ellerson, Eagle, Eleanore, Erickson, Fawn (22 ac; T40N-R8E-S30), Fawn (74 ac; T42N-R5E-S11), Fishtrap, Found, Frank, Helen, Hunter, Irving, Island, Jag, Jenny, Katinka, Little Arbor Vitae, Little Crooked, Little Horsehead, Little Portage, Little Spider, Little St. Germain, Little Trout, Lone Pine, Lost, Lost Canoe, Lower Buckatabon, Lynx (22 ac; T40N-R10E-S15), Mann, McCullough, Meta, Moon, Morton, Muskellunge, North Crab, No Mans, Norwood, Otter, Palmer, Partridge, Pickerel, Pioneer, Plum (225 ac; T44N-R42W-S12), Rainbow, Rice, Roach (51 ac; T40N-R7E-S9), Rock, Round, Rush, Sanford, Scattering Rice, Snipe, Sparkling, Spectacle, Spider, Spring, Star, Stewart, Stone, Sturgeon, Towanda, Upper Gresham. Vance, Voyageur, West Bay, West Plum, Watersmeet, White Birch, Wild Rice, Wolf, and Yellow Birch.

Two-walleye bag limit:

Bear, Beaver. Big (T43N R08E S24; Cisco Chain), Big Donahue, Big Hurst, Big Kitten, Annabelle, Big Portage, Big Sand, Big St. Germain, Black Oak, Boot (29 ac; T44N-R6E-S33), Boulder, Brandy, Catfish, Clear, Cleveland, Crab, Crampton, Cranberry, Crystal, Deer (65 ac; T42N-R10E-S30), Deer (37 ac; T43N-R5E-S10), Dorothy Dunn, Finger, Forest, Harmony, Harris, Hiawatha, High, Horsehead, Imogene,  Johnson, Kentuck, Kenu, Kildare, Lac Des Fleurs, Lac Vieux Desert, Laura, Little John, Little Papoose, Little Rice, Little Star, Long, Loon, Lower Aimer, Lynx (339 ac; T43N-R7E-S18), Mamie, Manitowish, Marshall, Mermaid, Middle Gresham, Moccasin Murphy, North Turtle, Nelson (104 ac; T40N-R9E-S22), Nixon, Oxbow, Papoose, Pine Island, Plum (1033 ac; T41N-R7E-S36), Presque Isle Chain (Averil, Presque Isle and Van Vliet Lakes), Razorback, Rest, South Turtle, Squaw (Vilas/Oneida), Stateline, Sumach, Tenderfoot, Trout, Twin Lake Chain (includes North and South Twin Lakes), Upper Aimer, Upper Buckatabon, West Witches, White Sand (T42N R7E S27; Hwy. K), and Wildcat.


Iron County

One-walleye bag limit:

Big Pine (632 ac; T41N-R3E-S36), Gile Flowage, Lake of the Falls, Lower Springstead, Martha, Mercer, Pardee, Pike, Randall, Rice, and Sandy Beach.

Two-walleye bag limit:

Echo, Fisher, Long, Pine, Spider, Trude, and Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.

The full list of walleye bag limits by county and lake is available at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/ceded/baglimits.html.

Craig Turk may be reached at cturk@lakelandtimes.com.

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