The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set a limit of one walleye per angler this spring and fall on Mille Lacs Lake.
Tuesday, the DNR announced that anglers will be able to harvest one walleye between 21 and 23 inches, or one longer than 28 inches, from May 14 through May 30. The summer will then be catch-and-release, with an early July closure scheduled to help reduce hooking mortality.
The DNR says anglers will have another one-fish limit from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.
“We must continue to manage state harvest very carefully on Mille Lacs so we can provide as much angling opportunity as prudent while protecting the opportunities for the future,” Brad Parsons, the DNR’s fisheries section manager, said. “Two recent year classes show below-average numbers of walleye, which means we need to factor in that fewer fish than normal will mature into spawning adults during the next few years.”
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