Gunflint Pines Northwoods News
DNR tightens walleye rules for 3 popular BWCA lakes but loosens them for Lake Winnibigoshish
, Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Authorities are tightening walleye regulations for three lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area but loosening them for another popular northern Minnesota lake.
The Department of Natural Resources announced the changes Monday as part of special regulations for nearly three dozen waters statewide that take effect March 1.
For Saganaga, Sea Gull and Gull lakes in Cook County, walleyes must be at least 17 inches long and the bag limit will be three instead of six. The change is meant to protect small walleyes in those lakes, which all lie partly in the BWCA.
But the DNR will relax size restrictions to give anglers more chances to keep walleyes from Lake Winnibigoshish. The protected slot there will be 18 to 23 inches, compared with the previous 17- to-26 inch slot.
Fishermen are reporting good trout fishing. A group from Two Harbors who just checked out after Lake Trout fishing over the past 4 days reported that most fish caught were in the 18-24 inch range. Early mornings and later in the day were the best bites, with the middle of the day being slow. They spent most of the time fishing 30 – 40 ft with jigs and jigging spoons.