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Walleye regulations change on Manitowish Chain

April 19, 2020 by Beckie Gaskill

Effective May 2, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a change in fishing regulations for the Manitowish Chain in Vilas County. The current special regulations, the department felt, were no longer providing for the best management of the species in the chain. The current special regulation is the walleye of any length may be kept, but only one over 14 inches. This regulation is meant for fisheries with a high natural reproduction and recruitment. That has been found to not be the case for the Manitowish Chain.

According to a recent press release, survey data over the last several years has shown a consistent decline in walleye populations. The new regulation is meant to help to increase natural reproduction by protecting walleye from harvest until they have had at least one chance to spawn. This should help to increase the adult walleye population.

The new regulation is: only walleye 15-20 inches may be kept, except one walleye may be larger than 24 inches. The daily bag limit for the entire chain will be three fish.

Beckie Gaskill may be reached via email at [email protected]

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