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Wisconsin DNR to update walleye management plan

MADISON, Wis. — To continue managing walleye populations across the state, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will begin updating its walleye management plan through regional public meetings and surveys.

“The walleye management plan provides direction to fisheries managers as they implement stocking practices, regulation options, habitat projects and other important factors used to manage walleye populations around the state,” said Mike Vogelsang, DNR fisheries supervisor. “The current plan is over 20 years old and needs updating to reflect current science and technology for managing walleye and to address emerging issues and angler desires.”

Last completed in 1998, the current plan serves as a guide for one of the most sought-after fish species in Wisconsin and outlines seven goals and strategies for walleye management.

The updating process will include significant public input on angling and management preferences. The DNR is seeking public input on stocking priorities, regulation acceptance and agency resource allocation among other things.

Regional virtual meetings will be held with stakeholder groups and individuals to discuss local management issues and partnership opportunities.

Information on future walleye meetings can be found on the DNR’s public meetings calendar.

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