Lower panfish bag limits
eyed without justification
Without offering up any biological evidence that a problem exists regarding panfish populations and size structure, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing an experiment on 110 lakes that will reduce daily bag limits to as low as five a day on some of the best lakes in the North Woods.
The theory is that anglers want larger panfish and that reducing the annual harvest through stricter bag limits will result in longevity and larger length for the surviving fish. The agency wants six years to see if the theory has any validity.
Our uneducated guess is that the experiment would succeed,