1. All Walleye fishes that are 18 inches and over MUST be released. All Northern Pike fishes that are 27 inches and over MUST be released. No trophy fishing. This policy is intended to protect the fish of the spawning population.
2. Fishermen that use the lake during the early Walleye season are encouraged to leave areas where they find fish with egg/sperm. The timing of the spawn is entirely determined by water temperature, which is largely variable.
If the temperature does not remain between 6 and 9°C, the spawn will be aborted and eggs re-absorbed. This event can have a very significant effect on the fish population, especially if it occurs over consecutive seasons.
Similarly, after the spawn, Walleye congregate in large numbers to rest and feed, usually in very shallow water. In many lakes, the post-spawning beds are protected, and there is no fishing until the end of June. Please consider NOT fishing in these areas.
3. All minnows MUST be purchased from the camp. This policy is required to keep foreign species out of the lake. The Round Goby is just one example of invasive species that have had devastating consequences on the Great Lakes water system.
They can only enter the Arctic watershed (i.e. Basket Lake) via a bait bucket.
4. All barbs on single and treble hooks MUST BE crimped. All lures are allowed a MAXIMUM of one treble hook. It has been the law for over a decade.
5. All tackles MUST NOT contain lead. It is the leading cause of death in loons, seagulls, and eagles.