Known as a good to great walleye lake a few years ago, Marion has faded fast.
“It doesn’t look very good,” said Johnson of the lake’s walleye potential. “Last year we probably had the lowest catch rate in quite a while.”
The lake doesn’t seem to have a lot of fish that will top its 18-inch minimum length limit. Last fall’s test netting showed no fish that would have hatched last spring, even though the lake was stocked for the first time since 1993.
Marion’s best opportunity for solid action is probably with its big population of relatively small wipers. Johnson said the lake’s wiper population has probably never been higher, which is a reason it’s the only lake in the state with a liberal limit of five wipers per day with no size limit. The highest density, size-wize, is around 15 inches, though there are a few fish up to 23 inches.