Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Upper Red Lake summer walleye regs to remain same

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: April 22, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Upper Red Lake's summer walleye regulations will be unchanged from last year.

The regulations allow anglers to keep larger walleye after June 15.

From the May 10 fishing opener to June 14 anglers must release all walleyes 17- to 26-inches long.
 
From June 15 to Nov. 30, anglers may keep walleye less than 20 inches and must immediately release all walleye 20- to 26-inches long.

The possession limit for both periods is four fish, and only one of those fish can be longer than 26 inches.

The DNR says the more restrictive size limit is necessary for the early season when angler catch rates are high and mature walleye are extremely vulnerable. As the open water season progresses, catch rates and fishing pressure decline, reducing the impact of harvesting larger walleye.

Winter regulations will not be finalized until open water harvest is determined. Winter regulations will be announced in late summer and will be posted on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/fishingregs.

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