Outdoors blog: Anglers soon may keep more Mille Lacs walleyes
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Walleye slot limit to relax on Mille Lacs
Effective Thursday, anglers who fish for walleye on Lake Mille Lacs will be able to keep larger walleyes when a new mid-season regulation takes effect, according to a Minnesota Department of the Natural Resources news release.
The new regulation will require anglers to immediately release all walleye 20-28 inches in length. Currently, anglers must immediately release all walleye 18-28 inches in length.
The daily limit of four walleyes on Mille Lacs remains in effect. Only one of the four walleyes an angler may
keep can be longer than 28 inches.
The DNR broadened the harvest opportunity because angler harvest and hooking mortality is below the threshold necessary to maintain the current and more protective slot limit. As of June 30, angler harvest of walleyes was less than half of the state’s annual allocation of 411,500 pounds.
This year, the DNR instituted a policy on a trial basis that calls for relaxing the walleye regulation when harvest and hooking mortality is low, restricting the regulation when the harvest and hooking mortality is high, and keeping the regulation the same when the harvest is not significantly high or low.
The walleye size limit will revert back to the 18-28 inch protected slot limit on Dec. 1 for the winter angling season.