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New rules would expand Island Lake's slot size, possession limit to adjacent rivers

Parts of the Otter and Cloquet rivers accessible upstream from Island Lake would have the same regulations as the lake.

Island Lake walleye
Greg Beach of Hermantown holds an "Island Lake special,'' a 13-inch walleye. The Minnesota DNR is proposing expanding the lake's liberal possession limit and strict slot limit to sections of the Otter and Cloquet Rivers accessible from the lake.
John Myers / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing a walleye fishing regulation change for sections of the Otter and Cloquet rivers, which flow into Island Lake Reservoir north of Duluth, that would make the walleye slot size and daily limit regulations the same for the reservoir and adjacent river segments.

The proposed regulation for the Otter River from the mouth to the Boulder Lake dam, and the Cloquet River from the mouth to the rapids a half-mile upstream, would require anglers to release all walleye 15 to 20 inches in length, with one fish allowed over 20 inches, the same regulation in place on Island Lake Reservoir.

The changes also would increase those sections of river to the 10-walleye daily possession limit for walleyes on Island Lake.

Anyone may comment on the proposed regulation by contacting Duluth Area Fisheries at duluth.fisheries@state.mn.us or 218-302-3264 or at Duluth Area Fisheries Office, 5351 North Shore Dr., Duluth. A public information meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Rice Lake City Hall, 4107 W. Beyer Road, just north of Duluth. More information about fishing in this area is available at the Duluth Area Fisheries page of the DNR website mndnr.gov/Areas/Fisheries/Duluth.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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