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Upper Red Lake Walleye Regulations Change For Winter Season

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Bemidji Pioneer

RED LAKE -- Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake will have a four-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed, officials said Thursday.

The regulations, which become effective Sunday, Dec. 1, are the same as those of last winter but more restrictive than during 2019 open water fishing.

“Anglers should remember to take a good measuring device along with them on their trip to Upper Red Lake as many walleye will measure just above, and just under, the 17-inch size restriction,” said Andy Thompson, Department of Natural Resources area fisheries supervisor, in a press release.

More restrictive winter regulations are necessary because of the amount of fishing pressure during the winter. Anglers spent 1.9 million hours fishing on Red Lake during the winter of 2018-19, significantly higher than the 178,000 hours they spent open water fishing in 2019. Those anglers harvested 293,000 pounds of walleye during the summer and winter of 2019 -- a record high for annual harvest since walleye fishing resumed on the lake in 2006.

The Red Lake Nation and the DNR manage walleye harvest on Red Lake under a joint harvest plan that was revised in 2015 by the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee.

Next year’s open water harvest regulations will be determined following the conclusion of the winter fishing season. An Upper Red Lake Citizen Advisory Committee reviews walleye harvest totals and regulation options and provides recommendations for regulations for the state waters of Upper Red Lake.

Upper Red Lake fishing regulations are available at mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing.

Written By: Pioneer Staff Report | Nov 7th 2019 - 10am.

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kelly-p

Great picture. Brings back a lot of very good memories. 😀 Patsy was bummed when I told her he was 17. She said too many years have passed by. 

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Kettle

Reports of 3"-6" on Upper Red today.  A few places allowing foot traffic this week and possibly quads on next weekend.  I will hopefully be out next Sunday but I'll walk as exercise is good and wearing a life jacket and picks as one can never be too safe 

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Xplorer

Kelly, Junior and I will be up in Steve/Tylers 2 man sleeper shack for 2 nights right after Xmas (26-28th).

I'll definitely get ahold of you beforehand and stop by and see ya!

 

I see that Tyler has FB pics of him on the ice with a limit, from last Friday night out in front of their place. Game on very shortly😎

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Harv

Buddy of mine hits Red all the time around Thanksgiving weekend for early eyes.  I'm debating on heading up in 2 weeks to walk out and try my luck.

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Sculpin

Doubt you will need to walk in two weeks, there will be a steady stream of quads, ATV's etc.  just stick your thumb out...lol

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Kettle

Well my Sunday plans are gone, lake re opened and 11 had to be rescued. Guess I'll be fishing small water for panfish 

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kelly-p

Early ice and a strong off shore wind will almost always cause trouble. Not a real good plan to go out there with those conditions. I hope this does not become a repeat of a few years back when lake rescue was called out 14 times in 9 days.

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Parmer

Red was good last weekend.   Limits of fish.  8 to 10 inches of ice out of jrs corner.  With the new regulations it's going to be alot harder keeping fish.  All of the fish, except a couple were over 17.  Still fun catching lots of fish.

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kelly-p

Seeing the open water in the background of your picture remined me of a picture I saw a while back about the open crack.

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    • memyself@I
      Did you NOT read the part of the story where the tribal fisheries was created by the BIA (whites)? Other bands in N MN also had fisheries created but did not stick with it as Red Lake did.   What I don't understand is the misinformation spread and how we always are jealous when someone (the band) has something we don't?   To me, if you want netting banned then you should be prepared to give up your electronics trolling motors and just row on lakes where you want to fish.   We're in this together. Its working.  
    • Chill62
      What a weekend...I almost need a day off to recover from the wild weekend I had so here's a quick update. Friday we packed up and took off for Red Lake Casino for the night, $70 hotel fee for 2 queens and a fireplace nothing fancy but beat getting up at 2 am to drive north.   Saturday morning got up early and fished the Red Lake Reservation and got back to the lake I've fished before and done great.  I hadn't drilled a hole yet after getting people out on the ice and helping guide vehicles and I was hearing "I GOT ONE" "FISH ON" so you knew it was going to be a good day when sun hasn't come up yet and we are pulling fish out of the ice instantly.  It took us about 2 hours to limit out on trout and a few of us saved 1 fish and took off for a second lake after getting pictures with the kids and our catch.  Second lake was a bust but you never know till you try!  Came home and the was able to get home before dark which was nice after the long day we had on the ice. Sunday we took off with the ranger on a local lake in Becker County.  Ice was flooding bad near shore but was solid out 200 yards from shore.  It was our first trip out with the Ranger so it was a dry run to see how it was going to work with everything attached and hooked up for ice fishing.  Everything worked but fish didn't cooperate.  Fished a few spots using the Hellix mounted to the dash as a guide but just couldn't put fish on the ice.  Ton of small pike were active again and I did land one bluegill that measured 9.0 inches.  We did leave a little early due to the weather coming in and we had to unload prior to heading back to Moorhead.   I'm hearing mixed reports of ice reports for example on Big Pine where our cabin is I'm hearing 6-7 inches then a guy posted Friday night he was on 4 inches.  So these lakes are very hit and miss so please with the snow take time and verify a safe route especially before bringing kids out onto the ice.   This upcoming weekend I'm going to be limited availability because of the Ice Show at the Scheels Arena in Fargo.  Got a lot of friends coming in to man booths and give presentations so it'll be fun to catch up with them and the girlfriend will be in the Women Anglers of Minnesota booth all day Friday and half the day on Saturday.  I'm hoping to sneak out Saturday afternoon and fish after dark and hopefully get into some crappies or blue gills.  Hopefully I'll have better pictures next weekend.   Attached should be our Ranger with fish houses behind, group photo of us trout fishing, a few people holding up some trout (Gloria got a big one, not in our group but they forgot their phones on shore), and lastly my pretty solo bluegill I got Sunday.  
    • Rick
      Safety matters.   Not sure what you know about backwaters ice fishing @Bucketcastle but a newbie is best served going where others have already paved a trail. Especially in the backwaters where currents can be tricky.   So if you're new to those backwaters definitely look for parked vehicles and follow their trails. You will catch plenty of keepers that way as well.   Have fun.
    • papadarv
      Taking spud bar out Friday, if safe I'll be on Coon Sat.
    • CJH
      Be safe, still saw some open water this week.  It will build some ice in the next few days, but with the snow, its better to be safe than sorry.   NO fish is worth it.
    • Bucketcastle
      I'll be out with the spud bar next weekend taking it easy.  @papadarv I hope you have enough ice to test it out.  Looks like a fun set up.
    • Bucketcastle
      Following the crowd will get you fish, maybe not too many keepers though.  When you do follow them pull up a lake map and try to figure out why they're fishing there.  If its in your budget, a base model flasher for yourself for Christmas this year will definitely help you find fish, along with putting the time in to find/figure the fish out.  Learning a lake for average guys like me takes years.
    • bowhuntingboy1
      That's why I said it's very unrealistic. 
    • kelly-p
      If that was tried I would guess that the Band would be in court very fast to get the boundary dispute settled. Then all of URL could be Bands waters. If you're going to poke a sleeping bear better be prepared for him to wake up.
    • leech~~
      Well this is 5 years old but does talk about the long term history of the problem, not just Red Lake.   https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjyntGNzafmAhVsp1kKHXHkC44QFjADegQIBRAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.startribune.com%2Fmay-3-2013-fishy-trade-in-walleyes-persists-up-north%2F205903751%2F&usg=AOvVaw3ZqjwEw_5vfkNmB2fCEjN4    
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