New rules March 1 on Lake of the Woods

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 Feb 11th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  12583

Modified Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:14 AM

A reminder: Walleye fishing regulations change starting March 1 on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River.

In the lake, the aggregate walleye and sauger limit drops from eight to six, with no more than four walleye. The protected slot limit remains in effect that requires anglers to immediately release any walleye between 19.5 and 28 inches, with only one fish over 28 inches allowed in possession.

On the Rainy River and in Four Mile Bay, a catch-and-release season will be in effect March 1 to April 14. In recent years anglers could keep two eating-size walleyes.

The DNR hopes the new, more restrictive limits will protect sauger in the lake and smaller male walleyes in the river.

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