DULUTH, MN -- A new proposal by the Minnesota DNR would lower the bag limit on panfish on six lakes in the Duluth Area.
The current limit is 20 sunfish and 10 crappies per day.
The new bag limit would reduce that number to 5 crappies and panfish.
The limits would apply to Fish Reservoir, Wild Rice Reservoir, Whiteface Reservoir, Strand Lake, Elliot Lake, and Moosehead Lake.
Jarrid Houston, captain of a local charter company, said he's seen smaller fish in recent years due to overfishing.
"Over the last few years, we've lost that size. They've diminished, they've gotten smaller and smaller and less numbers," said Houston.
The DNR hopes new regulations would allow populations more time to breed and grow, allowing them to thrive in impacted lakes.
"Anglers tend to harvest the larger fish in the system, they take a long time to get to that point, so when you reduce the bag limit you're reducing the amount of large fish that are removed," said Dan Wilfond with the Minnesota DNR.
Similar bag limits have been put on fish in the past, and Wilfond said they've been fairly well received.
The DNR wants to hear public feedback and is planning to host an open house on October 5th.