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State raises bag limits for walleye spearfishing

Published On: May 23 2013 05:10:19 PM CDT
Updated On: May 23 2013 05:10:43 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

Wildlife officials have increased daily walleye bag limits for anglers as Wisconsin Chippewa spearfishing winds down.

The state Department of Natural Resources has raised limits on 423 lakes in the ceded territory, a swath of northern Wisconsin the tribes gave to the government more than a century ago. The rules include a five-walleye limit on 289 lakes, a four-walleye limit on three lakes, and a three-walleye limit on 131 lakes.

Bag limits on 113 lakes remain unchanged.

The DNR adjusts bag limits for 536 lakes after the state's six Chippewa tribes set their annual spearfishing quotas to ensure the combined tribal and recreational take doesn't hurt the overall walleye population.

The Chippewa had harvested 28,382 walleye by May 22, well short of their declared goal of almost 60,000 this year.

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