Walleye Fishing Set to Close Down For 3 Weeks on Mille Lacs

July 05, 2017 04:43 PM

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake is about to close for three weeks as fisheries managers try to revive its walleye population.

With a ban on night fishing already in place, walleye fishing on the lake effectively closes at 10:01 p.m. Thursday, and reopens at 6:01 a.m. Friday, July 28.

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The closure, first announced in March, is meant to prevent walleyes from dying after being caught and released, a tendency called hooking mortality, which increases as the water warms.

RELATED: 21-Day Mille Lacs Walleye Fishing Closure Will Occur in July

Fishing on Mille Lacs for all other species, including bass, remains open. It was recently named the No. 1 lake for bass fishing in the nation by Bassmaster. According to his office, Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to visit the lake to promote bass fishing this Saturday.

RELATED: Lake Mille Lacs Summer Walleye Season to be Catch and Release

But only artificial lures are allowed, except for anglers targeting northern pike or muskies, who can use sucker minnows longer than 8 inches.

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