June 9, 2015
MADISON -- The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on an emergency rule and permanent rule for a three walleye daily bag limit on most lakes and rivers in the Wisconsin Ceded Territory at a series of public hearings this week.
The emergency rule, which was approved at the April meeting of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board and is currently in effect, and the permanent rule amend and create sections of chs. NR 20 and 23. The hearings will be held:
The Department of Natural Resources department developed the rule to manage the walleye fishery after listening to citizens and stakeholders eager for more predictable and uniform angling regulations on lakes in the region. The rule replaces the current system of annually adjusting bag limits with equally protective minimum length and slot limits in conjunction with the three walleye daily bag limit. The three fish daily bag limit and the new size limit regulations will maintain harvest rates within the safe limits established by the federal court decision for the Ceded Territory.
Written comments may be submitted at the public hearings and by regular mail, fax, or email to Joe Hennessy at P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 608-267-9427; or fax 608-266-2244. Written comments may also be submitted to the Department using the Wisconsin Administrative Rules (exit DNR) website no later than June 30, 2015.
For background information on the tribal and recreational fishery in Wisconsin's Ceded Territory, Chippewa treaty rights, a description of the management system used to ensure the long term viability of fisheries in the Ceded Territory and to see data collected as part of that management system, including walleye population estimates and creel survey summaries for all game fish, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Ceded Territory."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Hennessy, DNR fisheries treaty coordinator, 608-267-9427, Joseph.Hennessy@wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov