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Anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs during period in May

Anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs during period in May Photo: KSTP

March 12, 2019 12:54 PM

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015 during a period of time this May, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday.

RELATED: Mille Lacs open-water walleye harvest proposed for 2019

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A release said an improving walleye population in the lake will allow anglers to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches, or one walleye over 28 inches, from May 11 through May 31.

"It's good news that anglers get to keep some walleye this May, but we're being very cautious," DNR fisheries chief Brad Parsons said in a statement. "These regulations represent a careful balance between expanding fishing opportunities and conserving the fishery for the future."

Anglers on Mille Lacs this winter had been allowed to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.

RELATED: DNR: Mille Lacs anglers able to keep 1 walleye during winter season 

The release said a night closure will again be in effect for the 2019 fishing season, running from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. That restriction will remain in effect throughout the entire open-water season.

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