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Ceded Territory walleye regulations

Fishing Wisconsin

With the exception of Wisconsin-Michigan and Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters, all inland lakes wholly or partially within, and all river segments within the Ceded Territory have a daily bag limit of THREE walleye and most have a standard length regulation where walleye from 15" but less than 20" may be kept, except one fish may be over 24". See the Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations for lake-specific regulations and exceptions. The total statewide daily bag limit is five walleye. In the Ceded Territory, no more than three walleye may be taken from any individual water, but you can fish other waters to fill your statewide total daily bag limit of 5. While fishing, you cannot possess fish in excess of that lake or river’s daily bag limit. Therefore, remember to remove all fish from your boat prior to fishing on a second lake or river.

A comparison of angler and tribal harvest from lakes surveyed shows that angler harvest accounts for the majority of walleye harvest in the Ceded Territory. Although DNR creel clerks do not typically identify the sex of walleye harvested by anglers, creel studies in Escanaba Lake (Vilas County) suggest that the sex ratio of walleye harvested by anglers is close to 50-50.