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Walleye bags revised on 255 Wisconsin lakes

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Right n time for the holiday weekend, walleye bags are increasing on 255 northern Wisconsin lakes on Friday.

Below is the release from the WDNR:

Walleye bag limits revised on 255 northern lakes

MADISON - Daily walleye bag limits will increase May 22 on 255 lakes in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory to reflect spring spearing harvest by six Wisconsin bands of Chippewa Indians.

"This is good news for sport anglers and for local and state economies" said DNR Secretary Matthew Frank. "Increasing bag limits after the spring spearing season -- the time when Chippewa bands make most of their yearly harvest -- gives sport anglers more opportunities and more reasons to head north for a great day of fishing on Wisconsin waters while assuring that the tribes maintain their harvest rights."

A daily bag limit of one or two walleye will increase to two or three walleye per day on 92 lakes. In addition, 163 lakes will go from an initial bag limit of one or two walleyes per day to the state daily bag limit of five, according to Joe Hennessy, who coordinates the treaty fisheries management program for the Department of Natural Resources.

Anglers should consult the 2009-10 Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations, signs at boat landings, and the 2009-2010 Revised Ceded Territory Walleye Bag Limits pamphlet for lake-specific information.

As part of a 1983 Federal Appellate Court decision affirming Chippewa off-reservation hunting, fishing, and gathering rights, the six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa set annual harvest quotas for off-reservation lakes in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. To assure the combined tribal and recreational angler harvest does not exceed a sustainable level, the state sets recreational bag limits in lakes declared for harvest by the Chippewa bands.

An administrative rule passed by the state Natural Resources Board in 1998 allows the department to adjust initial bag limits annually to reflect actual spring spearing harvests and projected summer harvests.

Of the 258 lakes with bag limits less than five, 78 lakes will have a bag limit of two walleye per day, and 180 lakes will have a daily bag of three walleye per day. The six Chippewa tribes together declared a harvest of 53,706 walleye for 2009 and had harvested 32,198 as of May 15, 2009.

BARRON COUNTY
Bear 2
Beaver Dam 2
Big Moon 3
Duck 3
Granite 3
Horseshoe (115ac; T36N-R14E-S3) 3
Lower Devils 3
Lower Turtle 2
Prairie 2
Red Cedar 2
Sand 2
Silver 2
Staples 3
Upper Turtle 3
BAYFIELD COUNTY
Atkins 3
Bladder 3
Diamond 3
Long 3
Middle Eau Claire 2
Namekagon 2
Owen 2
Pike Chain (Buskey Bay, Hart, Millicent, & Twin Bear Lakes) 2
Siskiwit 3
Upper Eau Claire 2
BURNETT COUNTY
Big McKenzie 2
Devils 2
Dunham 3
Lipsett 3
Little Yellow 3
Rooney 3
Sand 3
Yellow 3
CHIPPEWA COUNTY
Chain (Chippewa/ Rusk Cos.) 3
Holcombe Flowage 3
Long 2
Sand (Chippewa/ Rusk Cos.) 3
Wissota 3
DOUGLAS COUNTY
Amnicon 2
Bond 3
Lower Eau Claire 2
Minnesuing 3
Nebagamon 2
Upper St Croix 2
Whitefish 3
DUNN COUNTY
Tainter 3
FLORENCE COUNTY
Fay 3
Halsey 3
Keyes 3
Patten 3
FOREST COUNTY
Butternut 2
Crane 2
Franklin 2
Jungle 2
Lily 2
Lucerne 2
Metonga 2
Mole 3
Pickerel (Forest/ Langlade Cos.) 3
Pine 2
Roberts 2
Stevens 2
IRON COUNTY
Echo 3
Gile Flowage 3
Lake of the Falls 3
Pine 3
Spider 3
Trude 3
Turtle-Flambeau Flowage 3
LANGLADE COUNTY
Enterprise 2
Otter 3
Pickerel (Forest/ Langlade Cos.) 3
Rolling Stone 3
Rose 2
Sawyer 2
Upper Post 3
LINCOLN COUNTY
Alice 3
Mohawksin 3
Rice/ Nokomis Chain (includes Rice R. Flowage, Nokomis and Bridge Lakes) 3
Spirit R Flowage 3
MARATHON COUNTY
Big Eau Pleine Reservoir 3
MARINETTE COUNTY
Caldron Falls Reservoir 3
High Falls Reservoir 3
OCONTO COUNTY
Archibald 3
Bass 3
Boot 3
Maiden 3
Wheeler 2
ONEIDA COUNTY
Bearskin 3
Big Carr 3
Big Fork 2
Big 2
Big Stone 3
Blue 3
Boom 3
Booth 3
Bridge (Rice/Nokomis Chain) 3
Buckskin 3
Carrol 3
Chain 3
Clear (846 ac; T39N-R7E-S16) 3
Crescent (612 ac;T36N-R8E-S21) 2
Dam 3
Deer (177 ac; T38N-R11E-S10) 3
Dog (216 ac; T38N-R11E-S1) 3
Fifth 2
Fourmile 3
George 2
Gilmore 3
Hasbrook 3
Island 3
Julia (401 ac; T38N-R11E-S1) 3
Katherine 2
Kawaguesaga 3
Laurel 3
Little Fork 2
Long (620 ac; T39 R11E S8) 2
Manson 3
Maple 3
Medicine 3
Minocqua 3
Moccasin 3
Moen 3
Muskellunge 3
N Nokomis 3
Pelican 2
Pickerel (736 ac; T39N-R8E-S18) 3
Planting Ground 2
Rainbow Flowage 3
Range Line 3
Rhinelander Flowage 3
Round 3
Sand (540 ac; T39N R9E S20) 3
Sevenmile 2
Spirit 3
Squash (392 ac; T36N-R7E-S24) 3
Squaw (Vilas/ Oneida Cos.) 3
Squirrel 3
Stella 3
Thompson 3
Thunder (1768 ac;T38N R10E S3) 3
Tomahawk Lake Chain (includes Tomahawk and Little Tomahawk ) 3
Townline 3
Two Sisters 3
Virgin (276 ac; T38N-R11E-S14) 3
Whitefish 3
Willow Flowage 3
POLK COUNTY
Balsam 2
Big Butternut 3
Big Round 2
Half Moon 2
N Pipe 3
Pipe 3
Wapogasset 2
PRICE COUNTY
Butternut 3
Long (T37N R01W S14) 3
Pike 3
Round 3
Solberg 3
Turner 3
Wilson 3
RUSK COUNTY
Chain (Chippewa/ Rusk Cos.) 3
Dairyland Reservoir 3
Island 3
Potato 3
Pulaski 3
Sand (Chippewa/ Rusk Cos.) 3
SAWYER COUNTY
Barber 3
Chetac 2
Chippewa Flowage 3
Connors 2
Durphee 2
Grindstone 2
Lac Courte Oreilles 2
Little Round 3
Lost Land 3
Nelson 3
Round 2
Sand 2
Sissabagama 3
Spider 3
Teal 2
Tiger Cat Flowage 3
Whitefish 3
Windfall 3
Windigo 3
ST. CROIX COUNTY
Cedar 2
VILAS COUNTY
Alder 3
Annabelle 3
Anvil 3
Ballard 3
Big Arbor Vitae 3
Big (T42N R06E S04; Hwy K) 3
Big(T43N R08E S24; Cisco Chain) 2
Big Crooked 3
Big Muskellunge 3
Big Portage 3
Big Sand 2
Big St. Germain 3
Birch 3
Black Oak 2
Boulder 3
Catfish 2
Clear 3
Crab 3
Cranberry 3
Eagle 3
Fishtrap 3
Forest 2
Harris 2
High 3
Horsehead 3
Island 3
Jag 3
Kentuck 2
Lac Vieux Desert 2
Laura 3
Little Arbor Vitae 3
Little John 3
Little St. Germain 3
Little Star 3
Little Trout 3
Long 2
Lower Buckatabon 3
Lynx 3
Mamie 3
Manitowish 3
N Turtle 3
Oxbow 3
Palmer 3
Papoose 3
Plum 3
Presque Isle Chain (includes Averil, Presque Isle & Van Vliet Lakes) 2
Razorback 3
Rest 3
Scattering Rice 3
Snipe 3
S Turtle 3
Spider 3
Squaw (Vilas/ Oneida Cos.) 3
Star 3
Tenderfoot 3
Trout 2
Twin Lake Chain (includes North and South Twin Lakes) 2
Upper Buckatabon 3
White Sand (T42N R7E S27; Highway K) 3
Wild Rice 3
Wildcat 3
WASHBURN COUNTY
Balsam 2
Bass (130 ac; T37N-R10W-S7) 3
Bass Patterson (188 ac; T40N-R10W-S17) 2
Birch 3
Dunn 2
Long 2
Middle McKenzie 2
Minong Flowage 3
Nancy 3
Shell 2
Slim 2
Stone 2

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