Three-walleye bag limit on Upper Red Lake this winter

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced winter walleye fishing on Upper Red Lake will have a three-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed.

According to a release, heavy winter fishing over the last four years brought about the more restrictive regulations, with winter angling on Upper Red Lake averaged 1.6 million angler hours and a harvest of 130,000 pounds each year.

The new regulations are effective Sunday, Nov. 1.

“Anglers should remember to bring a good measuring device along with them on their trip to Upper Red Lake,” said Andy Thompson, Bemidji area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Many walleye will measure just above, and just under, the 17-inch size restriction.”

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.

More information on Upper Red Lake fishing regulations are available here.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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