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Survey shows uptick in Lake of the Woods walleye, sauger numbers

BAUDETTE, Minn. – Walleye and sauger populations in Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods are both above historic averages, based on results from the Department of Natural Resources' annual fall gillnet survey.

According to Brett Nelson, large lake specialist for the DNR in Baudette, the September survey tallied an average of 21.1 walleyes and 17.5 saugers per net, both of which are above the historic average of 15.3 for walleyes and 15.2 for saugers.

The current management goal for Lake of the Woods is to maintain a fall survey catch rate of more than 14 walleyes and 15 saugers per net on a three-year moving average. In 2022, the survey yielded 12.8 walleyes and 16 saugers per net.


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