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Malmo Bay Bomber

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This announcement finally appeared in the Brainerd Dispatch today:

http://www.brainerddispatch.com/outdoors/4354073-mille-lacs-winter-anglers-allowed-1-walleye?utm_source=Forum+Communications+Company&utm_campaign=922ec7e1aa-BRAINERD_DISPATCH_NEWSBREAK&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8a78114b8c-922ec7e1aa-234244505

 

Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye

 

 

Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will open on Friday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye 20-22 inches or one longer than 28 inches.

"We're glad results of fall population survey show Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep some walleye during the winter walleye season," said Don Pereira, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a news release. "We know this is important to resorts and businesses because the ice fishing season contributes a lot to the local economy."

The DNR selected the size regulations to protect Mille Lacs' walleye spawning population, which is largely comprised of walleyes hatched in 2013 (also known as a year class). Those fish currently range from 15 to 19 inches in length and represented about 40 percent of the walleyes sampled during this fall's population survey.

Since the 2013 year class now is nearly fully mature, the DNR determined anglers could keep older and larger fish, something some anglers have been suggesting and requesting. In recent years, conservative regulations on Mille Lacs have protected the younger spawners to-be so they can replace the older spawners, which is necessary to sustain the population.

The DNR and members of the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee did discuss setting the large fish limit at 26 inches. But feedback suggested that keeping those fish in the lake was preferred because the possibility of catching walleye 26 to 28 inches makes Mille Lacs an attractive destination. There also was concern that a 26-inch limit could result in a higher harvest level that would count against the 2018 allocation.

The DNR has tightened fishing regulations on Mille Lacs in recent years in an effort to boost the lake's declining walleye population. Walleye fishing was catch-and-release all last summer, and was off-limits entirely for four weeks.

The restrictions have been controversial with local business owners, who depend on walleye anglers to support their resorts, guide services, restaurants and bait shops.

Members of the advisory committee, largely made up of local business owners and anglers, were generally supportive of the DNR's proposed regulations.

Most said they don't want to see a harvest cap this winter, and they don't want to see the lake closed for walleye fishing like it was last summer.

 

"I really just want to see this lake open," said Tony Roach, a committee member and professional guide, told MPR News. "I think it's really healthy. I was out there all summer, and the fishing was great and people were coming. I just want to see it open."



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Malmo Mike Callies


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I am hoping we can keep something when it comes to walleye next summer!

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One certainly hope so. The DNR 'catch and release' only risks the fish further. UGLY solution from DNR.

Malmo Mike

 



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Maybe only keep one on Saturdays and Wednesdays! catch and release the rest of the week Id at least go out then 



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