Mille Lacs may get new walleye rules

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 28, 2013 - 5:46 AM

Concerned about the walleye population, the DNR weighs its options. A ban on night fishing is one possibility.

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dlzabzFeb. 27, 13 5:13 PM

May as well just ban fishing on Mille Lacs all together.

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alagnakFeb. 27, 13 5:16 PM

Who cares. It's ONE lake of many. As soon as the rest of MN figures out that there are other fish (that taste better and fight harder) than the almighty WALLEYE we can get over crying about a little low cycle on a lake here or there, quit pumping stocked eyes in every mud hole across the state, and focus on the quality of the state's fishery as a whole. Not just the closest big lake to the cities that gets the most press. Now back on topic. Why the heck can you use two lines in the winter and only one in the summer? Now THAT is a mystery that needs to be solved.

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Douglind33Feb. 27, 13 5:28 PM

Walleyes are a great bait fish...they're the pike's favorite food: high in protein and easy to catch. Maybe some of the wallaye fans will try for fish that actaully puts up a fight. Plenty of muskies, pike and smallies in MilleLacs.

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alienmobFeb. 27, 13 5:40 PM

If they crimp them too hard then prepare yourself for the hordes of Mille Lacs fisher-eople to invade all the other lakes in Minnesota this summer...complete with MillFoil, zebra muscles. The best way to reduce the spread of AIS might be to keep MilleLAcs wide open this summer.

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fooledmeonceFeb. 27, 13 5:52 PM

this is just a signal of the biggest problem, total mismanagment of the lake and the fish, as hard as they try they've messed up and now everyone will pay, when your fish surveys are a wild a$$ guess at best they plead for divine intervention that they come close to reality

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jschymaFeb. 27, 13 5:55 PM

Probably will never fish Mille Lacs anyways. There is not point of wishing for a nice fish when you have to throw it back..

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ironweedFeb. 27, 13 6:37 PM

Both the tribal and State limits have been cut in half. Now, how each side stays under their share is the big challenge. No matter what each side decides, listen to all the silly comments about overturning a supreme court ruling (not happening anytime soon) and building State-run casinos. Hilarious. Treaty rights aren't for sale. Supreme Court decisions are not struck down by lower courts or state agencies (like the DNR). The opposition to treaty harvests will find the Supreme court decision a big mountain they can never get around.

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macmac911Feb. 27, 13 7:37 PM

How about you 3 Walleye any size and then you are done, you cut out all of the fish that die from being tossed back, and there is no worry about measuring if you have the right size. If you get caught with more than 3 you lose your privilege to fish ever again in Minnesota.

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bstjernFeb. 27, 13 8:03 PM

"...the lowest in 40 years." So what happened 40 years ago that we can learn from?

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SpringerguyFeb. 27, 13 9:23 PM

So much for the "toolbox" approach by the DNR to fisheries management. How about we just simplify our approach across Minnesota; 1) 4 walleye limit, 2) 14" minimum and 1 over 20", 3) non-resident possession limit consists of the daily limit. There you go, think of the savings we will have when we don't need a regulation book the size of a small phone book.

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