A new year often means new rules and regulations and this is true in 2017 for Lake Vermilion anglers, although this change will make things less restrictive.

The Minnesota DNR has announced that anglers on Lake Vermilion will be able to keep walleye up to 20 inches long, with one allowed over 26 inches, starting with the May fishing opener.

The new regulation will require release of walleye from 20 to 26 inches, a change that is less restrictive compared to the current regulation that requires release of walleye from 18 to 26 inches. The four fish bag limit will remain the same.

This decision was based on the opinions of the public as well as the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group that represents lake and statewide interests.

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