Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake will have a four-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced recently.

The regulations, which start Dec. 1, are the same as those of last winter but more restrictive than during 2019 open water fishing.

Winter is a popular time on the big body of water. Anglers spent 1.9 million hours fishing on Red Lake during the winter of 2018-19, significantly higher than the 178,000 hours they spent open water fishing in 2019. Those anglers harvested 293,000 pounds of walleye during the summer and winter of 2019 — a record high for annual harvest since walleye fishing resumed on the lake in 2006.