DNR sets Upper Red Lake walleye regulation changes

While anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye, a change in the size regulation will allow them to take one fish over 20 inches, making potential keepers out of considerably more of the lake’s walleye population.
Since May 2017, the regulation allowed anglers to keep four fish with only one over 17 inches. Adjusting the one-over size to 20 inches will put more mature females within the allowed four-fish bag limit during the open water season that begins Saturday, May 11. Under the new regulation, anglers will be able to keep four walleye under 20 inches, or a combination of three walleye under 20 inches and one over 20 inches.
“We’re using the new regulation to let anglers remove surplus spawning stock, which hasn’t sufficiently happened under the previous regulation,” said Gary Barnard, Department of Natural Resources Bemidji area fisheries supervisor. “The DNR will likely adjust the regulation following the 2019 open water season, after anglers remove the surplus of mature female walleye.”
The previous regulation resulted in harvest of approximately 234,000 pounds for the 2018 harvest year. While this harvest level was a record high for any year since reopening the lake to walleye fishing in 2006, it was still short of the target harvest range for the lake’s surplus spawning stock condition. That level of harvest has not been effective in reducing spawning stock toward the desired optimal condition of 2.5-4.5 pounds per acre.
Red Lake’s walleye harvest is managed under a joint harvest plan, revised in 2015 by the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee. An Upper Red Lake Citizen Advisory Committee reviews harvest totals and regulation options and makes recommendations for walleye regulation adjustments for the state waters of Upper Red Lake.
“The revised harvest plan recommends an aggressive approach when walleye spawning stock is in surplus, as it is currently,” Barnard said. “Anglers can expect a return to more restrictive size or bag limits in future seasons once spawning stock is managed to more desirable levels.”
More information about Red Lake fishing regulations is available at mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR


La Crosse's Monsoor 'skunked' in 2nd round of FLW Tour event in Oklahoma

GROVE, OK - La Crosse's Tom Monsoor was in the running for the semifinal round of the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury Marine in Grove OK, after Thursday's first round.
On Saturday, Monsoor was packing his bags for another short trip after getting "skunked" in Friday's second round.
While Monsoor caught a five-fish limit, weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces on Thursday, he failed to boat a legal-size bass on Friday.
The 70-year-old veteran FLW Tour angler's 13-13 total weight dropped him from 27th place all the way down to 82nd place and far out of the money.
Only the top 30 from the 170-angler field fish in Saturday's semifinal round with only the top 10 fishermen advancing to Sunday's championship finale.

Lake Michigan salmon, trout management options kick off in April

MADISON - Salmon and trout stocking in Lake Michigan is a critical management activity that state fisheries managers say has contributed to robust fishing in Lake Michigan for the past four decades.
A three-year Lake Michigan management strategy was developed in 2017 following more than two years of discussion and input from more than 500 anglers, business owners and other stakeholders. The strategy called for stocking Skamania steelhead for the first time in a decade, stocking larger salmon and trout that survive better, enhanced collaboration with sport, charter, and commercial anglers to collect critical fisheries information, and expanded efforts with fishing clubs to place stocked fish in pens in Lake Michigan to get acclimatized and grow bigger before they're released.
Now Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will re-engage stakeholders to begin discussions about Lake Michigan management and collaboration options for 2020 and beyond. To kick off that effort, the DNR along with Wisconsin Sea Grant will be hosting the semi-annual Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum meeting on April 15.
At this meeting, DNR staff will gather input on the timeline for the meetings and gather stakeholder thoughts and ideas on the information that will be presented at future meetings.
"The Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum meetings are open to all stakeholders, so we encourage you to attend if you are interested in setting the course for meetings to discuss salmon and trout management on Lake Michigan", said Brad Eggold, Great Lakes District Fisheries Supervisor.
The Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., April 15, at the Lakeshore Technical College, Lake Michigan Conference Room in Cleveland.
In addition to this topic, attendees will discuss citizen science, guide reporting on Green Bay and highlights from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission meeting. For the full agenda and more information on the Fisheries Forum, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


La Crosse's Monsoor in 27th place in FLW Tour event

GROVE, OK - La Crosse's Tom Monsoor is in the running for the semifinal round of the FLW Tour event presented by Mercury in Grove OK, this weekend.
Kyle Weisenburger of Ottawa, OH, leads the four-day event, but the 70-year-old Monsoor is "in the hunt" for a good finish.
Weisenburger was able turn one “good” bite in practice into 24 pounds, 12 ounces on day one.
While Monsoor also caught a five-fish limit, his bag weighed 13-13, but nonetheless provides optimism heading into Friday's second round.
"The bite was better than I thought," Monsoor said Thursday night. "I covered a lot of water and got five keeper bites."
Monsoor said he was fishing shallow, but didn't have a lot of success because the bass are in a transition between winter and spring.
"If you find one that moved up into the shallows, you catch them," he said.
The 170 angler field will be trimmed to the top 30 after Friday's round. Only the top 10 fishermen move from Saturday's semifinal into Sunday's championship finale.

Public hearing set for Lake Superior fisheries management emergency rule

ASHLAND, WI - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will hold a public hearing regarding a recently adopted Lake Superior commercial fishing emergency rule on April 3, in Ashland.
The emergency rule is effective as of March 18, and DNR staff will develop the permanent rule over the next several months. An emergency rule hearing after the effective date is required by Wisconsin law.
The rule implements portions of the 2018-2028 Lake Superior Fishing Agreement, which is an agreement between the state of Wisconsin and the Red Cliff and Bad River bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa tribes.
The rule updates the total allowable commercial harvest for lake trout, revises the requirements for using and marking nets and other gear, modifies certain areas in which commercial fishing is allowed and makes minor revisions to harvest reporting requirements and the timeframe for returning unused trout tags.
The emergency rule hearing will be held Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m., at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Ashland. Members of the public may also submit comments via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via US mail to Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Meredith Penthorn, P.O. Box 7921, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707-7921 through until April 3, 2019.
"The department will consider all comments over the coming months as a permanent rule is developed," said Todd Kalish, DNR Fisheries Management deputy bureau director. "We will continue to rely on sound biological principles for managing the Lake Superior fishery as this new rule is implemented."
For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search "proposed emergency rules."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


La Crosse bass pro hoping for better luck in this week's FLW Tour event

GROVE, OK - The fourth stop on the 2019 FLW Tour is in Grove, OK, this week, but practice wasn't very good for most anglers, including La Crosse's Tom Monsoor (pictured).
"It took me three days to catch five fish," said the 70-old Monsoor, in his 16th season on the FLW Tour. "Nobody is catching much. The fish are in transition, but I know the local guys will find them and catch them beginning Thursday."
Monsoor said the water is cold and muddy with air temperatures in the lower 50s. Tuesday was OK. It hit 60."
"That doesn't sound cold, but it is," he said before Wednesday morning's pre-tournament meeting."
The FLW Tour last visited Grove in 2013. Monsoor finished 34th and won $10,256.
"I did?" he said.
Monsoor has 404 points through the first three events, but dropped 45 spots into 57th place in the standings after the last tournament. He said the top 35 anglers advance to the prestigious Forrest Wood Cup and he is only 32 points away heading into this week's fourth of seven regular-season events   
Monsoor finished 11th and won $12,000 in the season opener, and followed with a 35th place finish and $10,000 a few weeks later. However, he suffered major motor trouble in the last event, lost valuable time on the water and finished 153rd. The field of 170 competitors will be trimmed to the top 30 anglers after the first two days. Only the top 10 fishermen move from Saturday's semifinal to Sunday's final.
This week's event is presented by Mercury Marine.

Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs

A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors over the course of a spring weekend from Friday evening, April 26, to Sunday afternoon, April 28, near Lanesboro.
To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of April 26, and both the adult and the youth must each have less than five hours of fly-fishing experience.
“Youth and adults in these classes are both beginners so they can help each other learn a new skill,” said Linda Radimecky, a Department of Natural Resources interpretive naturalist. “They’ll enjoy some real quality time together, but that’s just the beginning. When they’ve finished the weekend, they’ll be prepared for hours of fun fishing adventures.”
Participants will learn how to tie knots used for fishing, how to use and care for their equipment, what fish need to survive and how to help protect fishing for future generations.
The registration fee is $130 per pair and includes meals, lodging, guiding services, equipment and additional materials. Sponsorships to offset registration fees may be available from angling and conservation organizations. This event is limited to 20 youth-adult pairs.
For more information, or to get an application, contact Linda Radimecky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-231-6968.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR