DNR tightens walleye rules for 3 popular BWCA lakes but loosens them for Lake Winnibigoshish
, Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Authorities are tightening walleye regulations for three lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area but loosening them for another popular northern Minnesota lake.
The Department of Natural Resources announced the changes Monday as part of special regulations for nearly three dozen waters statewide that take effect March 1.
For Saganaga, Sea Gull and Gull lakes in Cook County, walleyes must be at least 17 inches long and the bag limit will be three instead of six. The change is meant to protect small walleyes in those lakes, which all lie partly in the BWCA.
But the DNR will relax size restrictions to give anglers more chances to keep walleyes from Lake Winnibigoshish. The protected slot there will be 18 to 23 inches, compared with the previous 17- to-26 inch slot.
Fishermen are reporting good trout fishing. A group from Two Harbors who just checked out after Lake Trout fishing over the past 4 days reported that most fish caught were in the 18-24 inch range. Early mornings and later in the day were the best bites, with the middle of the day being slow. They spent most of the time fishing 30 – 40 ft with jigs and jigging spoons.
We’re almost there!! For all you die hard trout fishermen – the winter opener is just around the corner! WE’re anticipating a great opener. The lake is frozen, we have great snow and the weather looks like it’s trending toward warming up.
Here’s a few past pictures to get you excited!
Small Girl, Big Catch
Ice fishing for Trout
Guest who were here for the Memorial weekend got a real treat!! Who would believe that the ice went out on May 19th and the temps were in the 80’s by Memorial weekend. Memorial weekend was great with hi temps, sunny days and virtually no bugs!
Fishing is well on it’s way with people catching Lake Trout anywhere from the surface to 30ft. The Walleye are still in the shallows finishing up their spawning season. Lake temps are changing quickly. The past 80 degree temps changed the shallow lake temps from the upper 30’s to the mid 50’s over night.
Trolling floating stickbait is still the preferred methods for the evening Walleye bite. Lindy rigging live baits seem to be the best bet for daytime Walleye fishing. Lake Trout seem to be responding to stickbaits, spinners and spoons. The bass are still a bit slow, but we’re finally hearing of some movement, and the Northern are crusing the shorelines.
More to come!
Let the games begin! Spring is finally underway working toward summer. The daytime temps have been in the 50/60s with the forecast predicting we’ll hit the 70’s this weekend. As of Saturday the west end of Gunflint was wide open but the ice was still firmly set on the main portion and east end of Gunflint, but the sunny weather did it’s usual trick and as of late yesterday evening, the Lake pretty was much open. Of course you’ll still have to watch for floating ice patches for the next couple days.
Nice Night bite.
Bob and Wyatt went out for the evening to check for any Walleye activity. The caught a couple nice eaters and lost a big one. Looks like we’ll have fresh shore lunch dinner this evening.
Trolling the sunset on the Gunflint Lake.
There’s nothing like a nice evening and great sunset on a calm lake . . . except fishing on a nice evening with great sunset on a calm lake!
Guests have been fishing the trout hard this spring. This group had an adventerous but sucessful day on Sag fishing for Trout on Saturday. They had to break ice in a few spots, but I would guess that much like Gunflint Lake the sun has taken control of that situation.
Nice Trout take!
Come fishing this weekend. We still have openings for camping or cabins over Memorial! Give us a call 218-388-4454