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Walleye limit to increase on Chain O Lakes

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Walleye limit to increase on Chain O Lakes, Increased limit might be on tap for next spring. The keeper slot on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes for walleye is two of 14-18 inches and one 24 inches or longer. I’m getting tons of reports on my site (foxlakefishing) of good healthy 17 “eyes And JD Spinners reports on some nice eyes through out the year


There’s been a lot of good walleye like that caught on the Chain the last couple years. In fact, the Chain never has had walleye fishing like this. So much so, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will increase the daily bag next year, according to district fisheries biologist Frank Jakubicek. Jakubicek said the regulatory process is nearly complete to increase the daily bag to three between 14 and 18 inches. It would take effect April 1.

I attribute it to the high water,” the former science teacher said. “It concentrates fish in current neckdowns and makes the fisherman’s job a little easier, and fish are more aggressive under those circumstances.”

“We have been catching a lot of fish in our spring (netting surveys),” Jakubicek said. ”And we are meeting or exceeding our goals for 2-inch (stockings).” This spring, they netted about 1,000 walleye in two nights. “Around 2001 or 2002, it would have taken us a week and a half to catch a thousand,” he said. Back then, a peak night would produce 20 walleye per net. This spring, it was 52 per net per night at peak.

About three-quarters of the walleye netted are males, which rarely exceed 18 inches. That’s the purpose of the protected slot from 18 to 24 inches, while the one allowed longer than 24 inches allows trophies to be taken. Females reaching that size do not have as much fertility in their eggs. The protected slot (18-24) protects about 70 percent of the females of egg-bearing age, Jakubicek figures.

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