Input sought on Namakan Reservoir walleye regulations

(Released September 6, 2012)

Walleye regulations on lakes in the Namakan Reservoir will be discussed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Kabetogama Community Hall on St. Louis County Road 122.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries staff will provide background information, answer questions and take public input on the future of experimental regulations on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes in northern St. Louis County.

“We expect to present at least one option to modify the current protected slot, and possibly two or more,” said Kevin Peterson, International Falls area fisheries supervisor. “These five lakes are popular fishing destinations and we want to be sure the public has the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.”

The current experimental regulation for walleye, in place since 2007, requires the immediate release of all walleye from 17 to 28 inches. One walleye more than 28 inches is allowed in a possession limit of four walleye. The possession limit for walleye and sauger combined, is six.

The current regulations expire on March 1, 2013. Input at the meeting will help determine if they are modified or extended to achieve fish management objectives.

People unable to attend the public input meeting may submit written comments to the DNR Area Fisheries Office, 392 Highway 11 East, International Falls, MN 56649; by phone at 218-286-5220; or via email to kevin.peterson@state.mn.us. All comments must be received by Oct. 8.

Comments will also be accepted at an open house at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.