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Minnesota Closes Walleye Season on Mille Lacs Lake Earlier Than Expected

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Walleye fishing will close Monday, August 3 at 10:00 p.m.

After a high harvest rate that surpassed the state’s walleye allotment for 2015 by more than 2,000 pounds, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has closed the widely-popular Mille Lacs Lake walleye season.

Monday, August 3 at 10:00 p.m. is the deadline to legally land a walleye from the lake. The closure will remain in effect until this fall, specifically November 30, 2015.

“This action is necessary to conserve walleye populations in Mille Lacs Lake for the long term. Despite the walleye closure, Mille Lacs remains a world class fishing destination with some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr in the official news release. “Working together – tribes, local businesses, local government and the state – we will get through this difficult period.”

The announcement comes on the heels of another big piece of news related to the lake, in which the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has decided not to catch walleye with gill nets through the spring of next year.

Even though the state and the DNR instilled more restrictive measures on walleye, meant to help spawning numbers and protect young walleye better survival rates, the harvest by state-licensed anglers was more than 30,700 pounds.

For more information regarding Mille Lacs Lake and the fishing regulations the DNR has set, go here.

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Minnesota Closes Walleye Season on Mille Lacs Lake Earlier Than Expected