Another Catch-and-Release Walleye Season on Mille Lacs, DNR Says

March 19, 2018 12:45 PM

The story in the video box above originally ran last month


Anglers and resort owners on Mille Lacs Lake face a third consecutive catch-and-release-only season for walleyes.

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The Department of Natural Resources said Monday that maintaining the restriction for the open-water season that opens May 12 will let it keep the popular lake open to walleye fishing all year, instead of closing it midway as it did last summer.

RELATED: Another Catch-and-Release Walleye Season on Mille Lacs Seems Likely

The Mille Lacs walleye population has undergone a long-term decline that has coincided with significant changes in the lake, including more invasive species and declines in forage species.

But DNR Fisheries Chief Don Pereira says the lake's walleye spawning stock has increased significantly, and it can support more walleye fishing in 2018 as long as a catch-and-release rule is in place.

RELATED: DNR Limits Mille Lacs Anglers to 1 Winter Walleye

The DNR allowed ice anglers to keep some walleyes this winter.

RELATED: Dayton Meets Mille Lacs Business Owners to Talk Walleye Restrictions

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