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Red Lake’s adjusted slot regulations
return for 2011
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials have announced that
regulations allowing Upper Red Lake anglers to keep larger walleye after June 15
will be in effect again for the 2011 open water season.
From Saturday, May 14, through Tuesday, June 14, anglers must release all
walleye 17-to 26-inches long. Effective Wednesday, June 15, anglers may keep
walleye up to 20 inches and must immediately release all walleye 20-to 26-inches
long. During both time periods, anglers can possess no more than four fish and
only one of those fish can be longer than 26 inches.
The walleye size limit is programmed to revert to the 17- to 26-inch protected
range on Dec. 1 for the winter angling season. The possession limit will remain at
“This will be the third open-water season with the same mid-season slot
adjustment and anglers are becoming accustomed to it,” said Gary Barnard, DNR
Bemidji Area Fisheries supervisor. “That factored heavily into the Upper Red Lake
Citizens Advisory Committee recommendation for this option.”
The more restrictive size limit remains necessary for the early season when angler
catch rates are high and mature spawning walleye are extremely vulnerable.
During the first month of the season, anglers must sort for smaller “keeper” size
males and immature walleye.
As the open-water season progresses, catch rates and fishing pressure decline,
reducing the impact of harvesting larger walleye. The adjustment back to a more
restrictive size limit in winter is necessary due to consistently higher ice fishing
pressure than open-water periods.
“This regulation package, which has been very popular with anglers and local
businesses, has been effective in managing walleye harvest within established
safe harvest levels,” Barnard said.
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