I'm not sure why...but catching a Walleye is always great fun whenever I go up north fishing. If we want to be able to continue having this beautiful tasty fish in our lakes, we need to pay attention to the rules.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday, that early season anglers fishing on Lake Mille Lacs, from May 15th through May 31st, will be able to keep one walleye that's 21-23 inches long, or one that is longer than 28 inches.


In the summer, June 1st through June 30th, it will be 'catch-and-release only on the big lake, followed by a two week closure from July 1st through July 15th. The closure is meant to help reduce the hooking mortality that often increases when the water is hotter.  Then catch-and-release will resume on Mille Lacs from July 16th through September 15th.

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After opening weekend, the fishing hours on Mille Lacs will will be from 6 am to 10 pm for all species of fish.  Beginning on June 5th, people who want to fish for muskie and northern pike using artificial lures or sucker minnows longer than 8 inches can fish after 10 pm. In the fall from September 16th through November 30th, anglers can fish from 6 am to midnight.

Last year, anglers took 66,748 pounds, and tribal fishing harvested 33,113 pounds.

The DNR and the 8 Chippewa bands that have treating fishing rights on Mille Lacs have determined that the lake can handle a harvest of up to 87,800 pounds of walleye this year. That is the same amount as 2020.
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