Updated: 07/14/2014 7:32 PM
Created: 07/14/2014 4:26 PM KSTP.com
By: Lauren Beukelman
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lifted the ban on night fishing on Lake Mille Lacs Monday, July 21.
The ban on night fishing was imposed in May shortly after the walleye and northern pike opener. The ban closed Mille Lacs to fisherman from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.
The ban was designed to reduce the amount of walleye caught, ensuring the lake stays within the safe harvest limit. With approximately one-fourth of the 42,900 pound harvest limit caught so far this year the DNR will lift the ban.
"So far, anglers have caught about 10,000 pounds of walleye," central region fisheries manager for the DNR Brad Parsons said. "That number will increase once night fishing resumes, but catch rates have been low enough to alleviate concerns that anglers will catch more than the 42,900 pounds of walleye the harvest limit allows."
The amount of walleye being caught this summer has been reduced due to an abundance of perch available for the walleye population, relieving fishing pressure. Lower temperatures and immense rain have also helped walleye thrive in the lake.