Gonna be a tough one to beat!
3. IA: Walleye length limit changes coming Jan 1.
To IA Great Lakes, Storm Lake and Clear Lake.
> …changing the protected walleye slot limit to 19-25″ at Big Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji Lakes, Upper Gar Lake, Minnewashta Lake, Lower Gar Lake and Storm Lake.
> At Clear Lake, there will be a 17-22″ protected slot limit.
> These changes start Jan 1, 2022. Daily bag limits will remain the same (3 walleyes) and 1 walleye over the slot limit can be harvested each day.
Good news for protecting those big breeders.
Gotta mention that I’ve heard/seen some grumblings from locals who want protection added to IA’s interior rivers because apparently there’s no length minimum or slot limit for walleyes? Luckily a lot of folks are practicing selective harvest, but obviously not all….
4. MN: Mille Lacs and URL winter regs announced.
Upper Red Lake: A 4-walleye bag limit, with only 1 walleye > 17″ allowed, went into effect on Nov. 1.
Mille Lacs: Effective Dec 1 thru Feb 27 winter anglers on Mille Lacs may keep 1 walleye between 21-23″ or 1 fish > 28″.
5. ID: Lake Cascade perch forecast looks promising.
> Initial reports look good for another year of perch fishing on Cascade based on gill-net surveys, and despite decreases in the number of jumbo perch, overall populations are still showing to be in the 10-12″ range on average.
Crazy considering 10-12″ is the AVERAGE. This is the place where 2-lb jumbos aren’t out of the question 🤯 and they can even get waaaay more bigger-er. Like the new state record at 3.22 lbs (16.25″ long with a 15.5″ girth) that Adam Mann caught last March: