Fisheries officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are seeking comment on walleye fishing regulations on border lakes in the Ely area. Lakes that could be affected include Basswood, Crooked, Lac La Croix, Iron, Loon, Knife, Ottertrack, Gunflint and others.
The DNR is considering extending the inland regulation of one walleye more than 20 inches to all Ontario border waters that currently don’t have special regulations. The move is aimed at standardizing regulations for all border water lakes to eliminate situations where border lakes are left less protected than inland waters, officials say.
Currently, the inland regulation for walleye is a six fish limit, only one of which can be more than 20 inches. Some fish populations along the border currently have more liberal limits. Walleye populations on those lakes could be vulnerable in certain years, officials say.
Deadline for comments is Feb. 11, after which fisheries officials will develop a recommendation. Comments, questions and requests for more information should be directed to Linda Erickson-Eastwood at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (651)259-5206.