New regulations could cut walleye catch limits by half
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing new fishing regulations for Lake of the Woods.
The new regulations will reduce the number of fish anglers can catch, as well as the size of the fish. The regulations come from data that shows that the walleye population is vulnerable.
Currently, Ontario and Canadian residents who possess a sport license can catch up to 4 fish per day, with not one greater than 46cm. And those with a conservation license have a catch limit of 2 per day, not more than one greater than 46cm.
The proposed regulations will cut the daily catch limits by half: those with a sport license may catch 2 fish per day, which must be less than 43cm or greater than 70cm. And those with a conservation license may catch 1 fish less than 43cm and can be in possession of 2 less than 43cm.
The proposal is on the Environmental Registry for comment until January 9.