Walleye fishing, use of live bait to return to Mille Lacs on Aug. 1

Beginning Aug. 1, Minnesota anglers will be able to catch walleye and use live bait while fishing on Mille Lacs Lake.

A walleye fishing closure and restriction on live bait was put into place on the lake in July after a record ice fishing season led to the harvest of almost 30,000 pounds of walleye, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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The DNR says the closure reduced the likelihood of another closure later in the season.

A later closure would be put in place if the state reaches its share of the harvest amount agreed upon by the state and eight Ojibwe nations that having treaty fishing rights on Mille Lacs.