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Must be to protect the walleyes. I have seen more and more waterway closures every year. Pretty soon all waterways will be off limits to protect the suckers....I mean walleyes wink.gif

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currdogg5

I saw those signs at the **** by zorbaz also. They werent there last year and maybe it will be open to fishing for opener. Maybe they wanted to protect spawning walleyes from getting speared?? Not to sure. I know that you can catch about anything off that **** on a good day. Tight Lines!

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Gissert

The wife and I ran over to Zorbaz for a nachos fix on Sunday, and I noticed there are a couple of floating no fishing signs from the DNR just below the bridge.

Are they protecting spawning walleyes? I could see quite a few suckers in the river, along with a few walleyes.

I have never seen this area posted before. Does anyone know the reason for this?

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Yeah, I figured it was probably to protect walleyes. It was tough to tell a sucker from a walleye in the turbulent water below the dam. You had to really watch the tails to see which was what. There was a few burbot in there too.

We used to spear suckers there all the time when I was a kid.The dam was of a board construction at that time, and the visibility was much better as the tailrace was not a turbulent.

Those signs did not stop a couple of guys in a minivan from throwing spoons off the landing there. One kid caught a northern right away.

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I was there a couple weeks ago, and a Warden stopped and talked to us. He said he was going to try and close it down to fishing until the opener. He had quite a few complaints of people catching alot of walleyes. I dont know if anyone was keeping them but there were alot caught while I was there.
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