> “With actual state angler catch rates and harvest significantly lower than expected, we’re adjusting the regulation to provide more opportunity without significant risk to the long-term sustainability of Mille Lacs’ walleye population.”
> [As of] Thurs, Sept 1…anglers [are] able to harvest ONE walleye from 20-23″, or 1 longer than 26″, with fishing allowed from 6am to midnight.
> “Given the current size structure of Mille Lacs’ walleye population, this regulation change will meaningfully increase the amount of walleye available for anglers to harvest [there’s zillions of 20” walleyes in there]. Catch rates may not improve this season, but there will be a better chance to keep a fish.
> “The recent lower catch rate of walleye in Mille Lacs Lake is less a reflection of the number of walleye in the lake than it is how hungry those fish are. The number of walleye longer than 14 inches has been similar each year from 2020 to 2022. But an abundance of yellow perch from a strong 2020 yr class has created more natural food for walleye, which consequently are not as willing to bite on anglers’ baits.”
> Walleye regs for the winter season (begins Dec 1) will be announced in Nov.
Check the full, current regz right here.
3. NY: DEC created new spawning habitat for walleyes…
…on the Black River below the town of Dexter and in Chaumont Bay.
*Lake Ontario walleyes rejoice*
4. WI: Nelson Lake getting a “draw-down” to help walleyes?
Usually hear about walleyes having their best spawning on high-water years, which is why this write-up instantly caught my attention. Apparently they’re dropping the water level by 2′ on Nelson Lake this fall (then raise it back up early spring) because it “it tends to create preferred habitat” for walleye spawning:
> “Reduced weed density in some locations and improved water clarity in the first half of the summer….”
Which I guess makes sense in my tiny little brain. Just the first time I had heard of something like it.
5. ID: Invasive walleye keep popping up…
…where they aren’t supposed to ‘cuz they were illegally stocked in some lakes.
6. ND: Kolden/Ekstein/Leidholm trio = AIM team of the year.
7. New ION “Alpha Series” ice auger coming.