MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are bracing for this year's Chippewa spearfishing goals, taking steps that would allow them greater flexibility to compensate.
Each spring the tribes declare how many walleye they will allow its anglers to harvest. The Department of Natural Resources then reduces bag limits for non-tribal angers to compensate and conserve walleye populations.
The DNR's board is set to consider giving the agency the go-ahead next week to draft rules that would allow the agency to do more than reduce bag limits if needed.
DNR officials don't know if they'll have to draft such rules or what they would say, although the regulations could including adjusting size limits and season length for non-tribal anglers.
The Chippewa are expected to release their 2014 goals to the DNR on Saturday.