Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee opens on Friday, Oct. 14, on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature.
About 700 people obtain permits to net for whitefish-tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish-tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning. Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water.