DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp has issued the following statement:
"Responding to Chippewa tribal declarations, the DNR is obligated to establish a one-walleye daily bag limit for anglers on 173 lakes in northern Wisconsin to ensure a vibrant long-term walleye fishery. Once the spring spearing season concludes, the DNR expects the number of lakes that are set at a one-bag limit will be significantly reduced as has been past practice.
"In the years to come, the DNR anticipates less user conflict. As the Governor noted in his State of the State address, all Wisconsinites love walleye. Through the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, the DNR and partners are making tremendous investments into stocking efforts and habitat improvements that will produce more fish in years to come. We are also pleased that the Natural Resource Board approved our scope statement in April, which will allow us the opportunity to explore management initiatives based on the latest science.
"We are confident that our long-term efforts will yield less fluctuation and more consistency with bag limits while still effectively managing and protecting the resource for all to enjoy."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Non-tribal anglers will only be allowed to harvest a single walleye per day on 173 lakes in northern Wisconsin.
The state Department of Natural Resources announced the limit Monday. The agency makes its determination based on many walleyes the state's six Chippewa tribes set as a goal for themselves.
The tribes said last month their goal is to take more than 63,000 walleyes. That's 6 percent higher than the previous record goal from 2010. However, the tribes generally only harvest about half their goal, and the DNR adjusts its bag limits accordingly.
Federal treaties allow the Chippewa to hunt and fish in millions of northern Wisconsin acres.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the agency is working to improve stocking efforts and fish habitats to encourage long-term walleye population growth.