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Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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From mora mn
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I been hearing on different forums and social medias on how less of a fishery it has become. I understand it still has good potential for that big fish but has it gone down hill that much? And if it has are there any other places that have a higher chance to catch a 10+ poind walleye beside maybe Erie?

On a side note I will be there for a week end of March so I'm still banking there are still good amount of big fish in there.

Posted on: 2017/12/19 19:35
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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From Mayer , MN
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It's pretty early on for the season, but there are big fish being caught yet. The fall bite was pretty slow on the red from what I saw and heard. I'm really curious how much of a fall off in pressure from the states there will be this year. It was tough fishing for many last year. It's still got crazy big fish potential, just not the numbers it once did. I know it's a little defeating competing with the nets though.

Posted on: 2017/12/19 20:08
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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Posted on: 2017/12/19 20:32
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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Has the amount of masters declined, I believe so BUT that does not mean they are not there. I know of 2-30s 1-28 and several mid to high 20"s caught in the last 2 weeks.
The govt has restricted the mesh size of the commercial nets which I feel will help.
Personally numbers have been there this winter and have lost a few heavy fish.
Is it as good as it was 5 years ago, NO but good enough to make me believe I will break my PB if 32" next time out

Posted on: 2017/12/19 20:54
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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From Wyoming
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If anyone has room... I would love to make the trip up there this year. Just have no one that will really commit! Let me know by sending a PM if there is a spot.

Posted on: 2017/12/19 21:23
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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The crash and fall of Winnipeg walleye population has been well documented the last couple of years. If you do a quick google search, you can read about it.

Posted on: 2017/12/20 9:07
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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From Mille Lacs/Landfall
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At this point I think there are many better destinations Stateside.

Posted on: 2017/12/20 9:19
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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From central mn
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I posted a link last year here,I'll dig it up from the fishery folks,YES the commercial fishery is killing the trophy walleye opprotunity on the big windy,est figures over 5 million walleyes have been coming outof the lake every year going back a decade,local folks claim the commercial folks kill and let lay all the pike they catch as well,just here say from local rec fishermen,sad deal watching another great fishery down the tubes as a result of netting.

Posted on: 2017/12/20 12:39
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Posted on: 2017/12/20 13:43
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Re: Lake Winnipeg going down hill?
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Since this article 7 months ago Fisheries have put a stop to the large mesh size that was catching the big girls. AND that is just the first step as we the local anglers who have the most to loose have made our voice heard.
Is it perfect, absolutely not, but a step in the right direction.
Last year asked several non-residents to express their thoughts with our government, if you did not, well.....I say no more.

Posted on: 2017/12/20 21:19
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