The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Walker fisheries staff will be holding an open house to solicit public comments on a proposal to relax the current walleye protected slot on Leech Lake. The meeting will be Wed., Oct. 9, 6 – 8:30 p.m., at the Walker Area Community Center, 105 Tower Ave. in Walker.

A special regulation that requires anglers to release all walleye from 18- to 26-inches has been in place on Leech Lake since 2005. This regulation has a bag limit of four walleye with one over 26 inches allowed in possession. The DNR is considering relaxing the current regulation to a 20- to 26-inch protected slot beginning in 2014. The four walleye possession limit with one over 26 inches would remain unchanged.

For those unable to attend the local meeting, an open house will be held at the DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Staff will be available to take comments on this proposal and other fishing regulations under review around the state.

Comments may also be submitted until Oct. 18 to Doug Schultz, DNR area fisheries office, 07316 State 371 NW, Walker, MN 56484, 218-547-1683, or doug.w.schultz@state.mn.us.

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