The walleye regulations for Upper Red Lake have reverted to a 17- to 26-inch protected slot limit through the winter walleye season. The daily and possession limit remain at four fish, with only one fish over 26 inches allowed.
The winter adjustment back to the 17- to 26-inch protected range is a necessary step for harvest management because winter angling pressure on Upper Red has been consistently higher than open water pressure. Walleye abundance remains high and good numbers of fish shorter than 17 inches are present for harvest.
Red Lake walleye regulations are not specifically listed in the Minnesota fishing regulations booklet since they are subject to revision based on seasonal harvest estimates. This year is the third year of consistent open water and winter harvest regulations for walleye as DNR officials work toward a citizen advisory committee objective of regulation stability.