Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Daily walleye bag limits will increase beginning May 23 on 447 lakes in northern Wisconsin in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.
Anglers' daily bag limit for walleye will increase to five per day on 269 lakes, to three per day on 171 lakes, and to two walleye per day on seven lakes, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials.
Anglers should refer to the 2014-2015 '"Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations", signs at boat landings, and the 2014-2015 "Ceded Territory Walleye Bag Limits" for lake-specific information.
Anglers can also access the Wisconsin DNR fishing regulations by downloading the free Wisconsin Fish & Wildlife mobile app.
The increase in bag limits follows the harvesting of 27,433 walleye and 201 musky by six Chippewa bands as of May 22, 2014.
The average harvest of walleye since 2004 is 29,907.
As part of a 1983 Federal Appellate Court decision affirming Chippewa off-reservation hunting, fishing, and gathering rights, the six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa set annual harvest quotas for off-reservation lakes in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory.
To ensure combined tribal and recreational angler harvest does not exceed a sustainable level, the state reduces recreational bag limits in lakes declared for harvest by the Chippewa bands.
An administrative rule passed by the state Natural Resources Board in 1998 allows the department to adjust initial bag limits annually to reflect actual spring spearing harvests.