- On Saturday, Wisconsin's inland fishing season opens.
For the first time ever, the DNR has been able to adjust walleye bag limits before opening day.
Buckskin Lake, in the far north-west corner of Oneida County, will be a catch and release lake for walleye this season, according to DNR officials.
Members of the Buckskin Lake Improvement Association are worried the rules will hurt local businesses.
Kent Holland, the Buckskin Lake Resort Manager, said "The most sought after fish that fisherman are going for is definitely walleye. Itís a huge disappointment and it couldn't come at a worse time."
Holland has been managing Buckskin Lake resort for several years. He is also a Buckskin Lake Improvement Association board member.
This year, because of a tribal spearing violation, the DNR decided to ban harvesting anymore walleye.
Holland said dozens of people from all over the country come here to fish, but now he is worried he may lose customers.
"There are going to be a few that back out or will call other businesses in the area looking to book at those facilities that have open fishing on Walleye," Holland said.
For many years the tribes and the D-N-R have worked together to keep lakes safe from being overfished.
Holland told Newswatch 12, "A few individuals that are going to illegally spear and it's going to impact one of the better fishing communities in the area."
Members of the Buckskin Lake Improvement Association will meet with State DNR reps Tuesday in hopes to appeal this decision.
Walleye Bag Limits
Story By: Jenn Sullivan