New walleye "slot" limits will take effect on Lake Vermilion and a chain of lakes in the Ely area when fishing season opens May 13.
According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Monday, Lake Vermilion will have a 17- to 26-inch protected slot limit, meaning that all walleyes from 17 to 26 inches long must be immediately released. One walleye longer than 26 inches will be allowed in a limit. The daily and possession limit will be reduced from six to four.
The new regulation was adopted in response to increased fishing pressure and walleye harvest, according to the news release.
The chain of lakes near Ely with new walleye limits includes Farm Lake, Garden Lake, South Farm Lake, White Iron Lake and the North Branch of the Kawishiwi River from Farm Lake 4.8 miles east to the long portage. These waters will have a 17- to 26-inch protected slot with one fish allowed over 26 inches. All walleyes 17 to 26 inches long must be immediately returned to the water. The daily and possession bag limit for walleye will remain at six fish.
The special regulations for Lake Vermilion and the chain of lakes near Ely were adopted after a lengthy process that included an extensive public input process.