Outdoors blog: Concern expressed over harbor's big walleyes
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Think about those St. Louis River walleyes
Fishing has been good for walleyes on the Duluth-Superior harbor for the past couple of weeks. So good that at least one angler has called John Lindgren, a fisheries specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at French River, with a concern that a lot of larger walleyes are being taken home.
Lindgren, who does a lot of work with the St. Louis River fishery, is also concerned. He wants anglers to think about killing those large walleyes, which are important to the river's spawning population.
"The population of large walleyes that comes from the western arm of the lake up into the St. Louis River estuary is very vulnerable because they're so slow-growing," Lindgren said. "To kill a 28-inch fish could take over 20 years to replace."
The walleye limit on the river -- and in the harbor -- is just two walleyes, and the minimum size is 15 inches. However, the river does not share the limit of one walleye over 20 inches that is common throughout the state.