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Rosy outlook for Leech Lake.

A selection of pertinent science topics by STAFF FISHERY BIOLOGIST STEVE QUINN

LEECH LAKE NEAR WALKER, MINNESOTA, endured some lean years but has bounced back big-time. During 2008, summertime anglers targeting walleyes averaged better than a fish an hour, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources creel surveys. Yet fishing pressure was far below normal, suggesting that people weren't aware of the lake's potential.

Abundant walleyes in the 10- to 17-inch range bode well for the 2009 season. Plenty of big fish were also released with the lake's 18- to 26-inch protected slot-length limit. Trawl sampling also turned up large numbers of young-of-the-year fish, signaling strong reproduction that should maintain fishing quality in upcoming years.


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Title Annotation:Toothy Tidbits; Walker, Minnesota
Publication:Walleye In-Sider
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U4MN
Date:May 1, 2009
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