February 1, 2002

From the Minnesota DNR 2002 Fisheries Newsletter.  Edited by Harlan Fierstine,
Area Fisheries Supervisor and Pat Rivers, Large Lake Specialist (Leech Lake).

  • The average annual walleye harvest for Leech Lake during the last two creel surveys was 174,100 pounds.
  • The estimated annual angling pressure exceeds 1.1 million hours.
  • Opening weekend accounts for 8% of the annual angling pressure and 17% of the harvest.
  • Approximately 40% of the annual walleye harvest occurs in May.
  • You can age a fish by patterns recorded on its scales and other bony structures.
  • A 23 inch female walleye may have over 50,000 eggs.
  • Yellow perch grow approximately 1 inch per year.

If you have any questions or comments regarding Leech Lake or other Walker area lakes please contact the Walker Area Fisheries Office, 07316 State 371 NW, Walker MN 55484 or telephone 218-547-1683. General information is available at the Minnesota DNR web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us or by calling toll-free 1-888-MINNDNR.