DNR Limits Mille Lacs Anglers to 1 Winter Walleye

DNR Limits Mille Lacs Anglers to 1 Winter Walleye Photo: KSTP-TV/Todd Wilson

November 06, 2017 09:17 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that winter walleye anglers on Mille Lacs will be limited to one fish within a specific size range. 

When walleye fishing opens Dec. 1 on the lake, anglers will be able to catch one walleye of 20-22 inches or one longer than 28 inches. There will be no bait restrictions. 


The DNR said the size regulations are designed to protect Mille Lacs' walleye spawning population, which is mostly in the 15-19 inch range. 

"We're glad ... Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep some walleye during the winter walleye season," said DNR fisheries section chief Don Pereira. "We know this is important to resorts and business because the ice fishing season contributes a lot to the local economy." 

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Walleye restrictions have been controversial among Mille Lacs business owners who say the limits hurt their bottom lines. 

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Some have called for the DNR to reassess its process for determining walleye numbers and strategies for preserving their population. 

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You can read the DNR's full statement here. 


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