Friday, May 12, 2017
Pelican Lake near Orr is a relatively large, nearly 11,000 acre, lake with a diverse fishery that provides opportunities to catch northern pike, bass - largemouth and smallmouth - walleye, black crappie, and bluegill. Special regulations for northern pike and bass were first implemented in 1998. The northern pike regulation protects all fish from 24 to 36 inches and the bass regulation protects fish from 14 to 20 inches. A fish population assessment completed in 2016 indicates the fish community has responded well to these regulations, with increased size observed for both northern pike and bass. In addition, abundance of black crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, and walleye has generally increased since the regulation was implemented.