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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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    • 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    
    • bowhuntingboy1
      I feel it would be best to shut down commercial fishing from red lake and simply have the natives follow the same regs as everyone else. You could say this is unrealistic, but you asked for what I think and this is my opinion. Another alternative I see is let the natives have lrl to do whatever they want with and compromise so everyone else gets access to the entirety of url with the same regs for everyone and a closing to commercial fishing. Then we see 20 years down the road how each lake is doing. This is obviously also very unrealistic, but I'd love to see it happend. 
    • leech~~
      Shouldn't there be some kind of tribal need number? After all, isn't this Hunting, fishing-gathering thing really all about subsistence living?  🤔
    • kelly-p
      So what do you feel should be the cap for the number of pounds of walleyes the Band can harvest from the Red Lakes?
    • islandmn
      Looking for ice conditions on the west end around Taylor and Schmidt's islands, hoping to get out there around the holidays. Thanks 
    • Mike89
      yup and with more snow coming ugly!!  I made mine from a small sleeper off a semi...  and it's on a steel frame with wheels...  so it does have some weight..  
    • mtheis
    • mtheis
      I wish I could tell all of you I got a big one, but I talked myself out of it due to the deep snow.  Where I go up there there is no plowing, and I figured I had enough with a deer from Wisconsin and one from Michigan already.  Maybe next year!  
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