The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is initiating the public input process on potential walleye regulation changes on Leech Lake.

The DNR is considering relaxing harvest regulations for the 2014 fishing season. The current 18- to 26-inch protected slot limit was put in place March 1, 2005 and extended on March 1, 2011. Modification to a 20- to 26-inch protected slot limit would become effective March 1, 2014.

Walleye abundance, including spawning stock, has increased on Leech Lake. Data indicate natural reproduction continues at rates similar to other large walleye lakes throughout the region. Public input during the 2010 regulation review process supported continuation of the 18-to 26-inch protected slot limit provided there was flexibility to adjust to a 20- to 26-inch protected slot limit if thresholds established during the regulation review process were met. The Walker area fisheries office is following through on this commitment.

Anglers can expect to see informational signs on all public water accesses on Leech Lake beginning on the statewide fishing opener May 11. In addition to the signs, the DNR will host public input meetings this fall.

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