RHINELANDER, WI (WXPR) - More anglers will be on the waters this weekend as Memorial Day weekend opens the muskellunge season and new walleye bag limits are being posted. DNR fisheries supervisor for northern Wisconsin, Steve Avelallemant says the ice went out late this year and both species spawned quickly. He says even with the cold spring, muskie prospects are average. The DNR announced late Thursday bag limits had changed in relation to tribal spearing season.
Bag limits for walleye will increase to five per day on 288 lakes, to four per day on three lakes, and to three walleye per day on 131 lakes.
Of the 108 lakes with bag limits less than three, 101 lakes will have a bag limit of two walleye per day and seven lakes will have an bag limit of one walleye per day.
The new limits are posted at boat landings and on the DNR website.
Together, the six Chippewa bands harvested 28,382 walleye and 249 musky as of May 22 . The long-term average harvest of walleye since 2000 is 29,065, and the 2013 total is the lowest walleye harvest total since 2008.