DNR implements early season walleye closure on Little Cut Foot Sioux

There likely will be more closures to come, thanks to a late spring that has delayed walleye spawning, but the Department of Natural Resources announced today that a portion of Little Cut Foot Sioux Lake in Itasca County will be closed from May 11 to May 17 because of high concentrations of spawning walleyes.

The closure affects an an area near the egg collection operation on Little Cut Foot Sioux  and extends from Williams Narrows upstream through the First River Flowage up to Egg Lake.

No fishing will be allowed during this period in the specified area. Signs will be posted at the narrows and other access points within the closed area.

“The closure is necessary to protect adult walleye that have concentrated around the spawning site where the DNR’s egg collection operation is located,” said Chris Kavanaugh, Grand Rapids area fisheries manager. “It’s always a difficult decision to close the area and restrict recreational opportunities, but our first responsibility is to the long-term health of the fishery. We considered the safeguard offered with the protected slot limit, but felt the risk of overharvest was too high.”

Henry Drewes, regional fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Bemidji, said the agency will decide early this coming week whether to implement any temporary closures in northwest Minnesota. Stay tuned.

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