Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Governor Scott Walker approved an emergency rule to raise anglers' daily bag limits from one walleye per day to two walleye per day in 21 northern Wisconsin lakes, effective June 10.
The rule was adopted by the Wisconsin Natural Resources.
This emergency rule allows department biologists to consider the impacts a one-fish daily bag limit during the month of May had on total annual angler harvest and set an appropriate bag limit for the remainder of the fishing season.
Because angler success rates are highest in May, more than 25 percent of annual walleye harvest normally occurs during that month.
The rule is in place for this year only and will affect only angler harvest, not tribal harvest.
The department will continue discussions with Chippewa tribes about long-term population management efforts that will yield less fluctuation and more consistency with regard to angler regulations.
For more information on Wisconsin fishing, please visit dnr.wi.gov.