State officials could relax restrictions on walleye fishing in 2006
MONROE, Mich. State officials say they may allow a return to April and May walleye fishing in Lake Erie in 2006.
That’s as a result of a recovering fish population.
This year’s walleye season begins Wednesday. It’s the second shortened season with limits on both the size and number of fish anglers can catch.
Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources imposed the limits in 2004, in response to concerns that the walleye population was being depleted.
Department of Natural Resources officials plan to recommend later this year that the walleye season be reopened for April and May.
But it appears that the catch limit of five fish a day and size limit of 15 inches imposed in 2004 will remain in effect.