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Wisconsin's Walleye Management Plan - the Update

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Updating Wisconsin's walleye management plan

Walleye are one of the most popular species targeted by Wisconsin anglers. Each year, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocks hundreds of thousands of walleye fingerlings into lakes across the state, surveys walleye populations and walleye anglers, and works on habitat projects to benefit walleye. All walleye management activities are guided by Wisconsin’s Walleye Management Plan, which was created in 1998. We are in the process of updating Wisconsin’s Walleye Management Plan to better meet new challenges to walleye management. Here’s what you need to know and how you can be involved

Current walleye management plan

The current walleye management plan for Wisconsin was completed in 1998. The plan focuses on key areas such as stocking, fishing and harvest opportunities, habitat, and more. The plan was completed after significant input from the public. 

Current walleye management plan [PDF]

Review of the 1998 walleye management plan, May 2020 [PDF]


Providing input on the revised plan

The DNR’s Walleye Management Team is coordinating the update of the walleye management plan. There are several ways we are seeking input from the public.

  1. Random mail/online survey – These will be sent out to random resident and non-resident fishing license holders. If you get one, please fill it out and return it!
  2. Public input form – Do you have something you want to share with the planning team about your own walleye fishing experiences? Got a great idea that should be considered for the plan? Or maybe you just want to let us know how you think walleye fishing has been lately. Take a few minutes to fill out our input form here:
  3. Are you someone who really cares about walleye management? Maybe you have a resort, baitshop or guide business that focuses on walleye fishing. We will be hosting virtual focus group meetings with stakeholders for different areas around the state. If you are interested in joining one of these meetings contact


Proposed dates and counties affected for the virtual online meetings that will be held statewide to discuss the walleye management plan update.

Proposed dates Counties affected
October 13, 2020 Iron, Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas
October 20, 2020 Sawyer, Rusk, Washburn, Burnett, Polk, Barron
October 27, 2020 St. Croix, Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa, Clark
November 10, 2020 Pepin, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, Lacrosse, Monroe, Vernon
November 17, 2020 Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette
December 8, 2020 Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Adams, Juneau, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake
December 15, 2020 Taylor, Lincoln, Marathon, Langlade, Menomonie, Shawano
January 12, 2021 Price, Vilas, Oneida
January 19, 2021 Forest, Florence, Marinette, Oconto
January 26, 2021 Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Fond du Lac
February 2, 2021 Door, Kewaunee, Brown, Manitowoc, Sheboygan
February 16, 2021 Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine, Kenosha
February 23, 2021 Columbia, Dodge, Dane, Jefferson, Rock, Green

Plan update timeline

Here are the steps we plan to take to complete the update of this plan, when we expect each step to happen, and how you can be involved:

October 2020 through March 2021 – Collect public input and host stakeholder meetings (see other tab)

March through June 2021 – Summarize public input, create first draft of updated management plan

July or August 2021 – Get public comments on draft of updated management plan