DNR Seeks Comments on Experimental Walleye Regulations on Rainy Lake

Aug 24, 2005

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting public meetings this fall to gather input on walleye regulations on Rainy Lake. The first of these meetings will be an open house at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul, MN on September 22 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The second meeting will be held in International Falls at Rainy River Community College on October 18, 2005 at 7:00 pm. The forums are intended to provide background information, answer questions, and take public input on walleye regulations on Rainy Lake.

Rainy Lake walleye have been protected with a slot limit since 1994, one of the first such regulations in Minnesota. The current regulation requires the immediate release of all walleye from 17 to 28 inches, with one walleye over 28 inches allowed in a possession limit of four. This regulation expires on March 1, 2006 and may be modified, extended or dropped following review and public input. DNR?s preferred alternative at this time is to extend the current regulation for 10 years.

Comments on the walleye regulation review will be accepted at the DNR Area Fisheries Office in International Falls, 392 Highway 11 East; (218) 286-5220; kevin.peterson@dnr.state.mn.us. All comments must be received by October 28, 2005.

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