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Field reports: Wisconsin increases walleye bag limits

Daily walleye bag limits increased Friday on 447 lakes in northern Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The limits had been reduced to accommodate the taking of walleyes by six Chippewa bands under treaty rights. Anglers’ daily bag limits for walleyes will increase to five per day on 269 lakes, to three per day on 171 lakes and to two per day on seven lakes, according to Ron Bruch, DNR Fisheries Bureau Director.

Together, the six Chippewa bands harvested 27,433 walleyes and 201 muskies as of Thursday. The average harvest of walleyes since 2004 is 29,907, according to the DNR.

Stasney, Mattson win St. Louis River walleye cup

High and turbid water made fishing tough in the Berg Construction Walleye Cup, held May 17-18 on the St. Louis River in Duluth. Jack Stasney of Duluth and Shawn Mattson of Cloquet won the $1,100 first prize with the maximum of eight fish over the two-day event. Total length of their fish was 183.25 inches or an average of 22.8 inches. Second place went to Wade Engebretson and Mike Dosan of Duluth (166 inches), and third place to Troy Skorich of Superior and Tim MacDougall of Duluth (158.25 inches).

Dosan took big-fish honors with a 30-inch walleye he caught Sunday in Spirit Lake trolling a Rapala Husky Jerk. Mark Halvorson of Lake Nebagamon and Ken Meysman of Poplar took the largest walleye on Saturday, a 29½-incher.

For the two days, anglers measured 167 walleyes that totaled nearly 3,439 inches, for an average of 20½ inches.

Trout stocked

A number of designated trout lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries area are slated to be stocked with yearling trout this spring, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Camp Four Lake is scheduled to receive book trout, Kremer Lake and La Rue Pit will receive rainbow trout, and Nickel and Lucky lakes will receive brown trout. Pickerel Lake will receive yearling splake, which are a cross of a lake trout and a brook trout.

Stream trout do not reproduce in lakes, so lake populations are typically stocked on an annual basis.

Researchers win award

Molly Negus, retired as a fisheries research biologist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at French River, and Joel Hoffman, a research biologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth, recently were awarded the Chandler-Misener Award from the International Association of Great Lakes Research. The award, given annually, is presented to the “most notable” peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. The topic of the paper was Lake Superior steelhead and Kamloops rainbow trout.