ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Winter anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be allowed to keep one walleye this winter for the fourth season in a row.

The Department of Natural Resources announced winter regulations for Mille Lacs on Monday. Similar with last winter, anglers can keep one walleye starting Dec. 1 if it's between 21 and 23 inches, or over 28.

DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen says there's evidence the state's conservative approach to managing the popular lake is paying off. A fall assessment found the Mille Lacs walleye population has remained relatively stable over the past three years, having rebounded from lows seen from 2012 through 2016.

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Fisheries chief Brad Parsons says they expect the walleye bite on Mille Lacs to be quite good this winter, which will likely result in a high harvest.

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