New Mille Lacs bass regulations under fire

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 22, 2013 - 1:07 AM

The new regulation is a 17- to 20-inch protected slot, with a possession limit of six, with one longer than 20 inches allowed.

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jd55604May. 21, 13 9:28 PM

God forbid that somebody could actually keep a fish in MN. Too many suburban fishermen think that our lakes should be treated as large DNR managed aquariums where their favorite fish species are stocked, tenaciously protected and never ever harvested so that they can be caught strictly for photo ops. It's also ridiculous to just assume that most fishermen are going to be keeping 6 bass "if" they do manage to catch a limit. It wouldn't matter if the limit was set at 6 bass or one bass. These trophy hunters don't want you keeping anything.

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crestliner62May. 22, 13 9:24 AM

Can't afford the gas anyways..

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batman50May. 22, 13 9:24 AM

JD- "Too many suburban fishermen think that our lakes should be treated as large DNR managed aquariums where their favorite fish species are stocked, tenaciously protected and never ever harvested so that they can be caught strictly for photo ops." They don't stock smallies. But its ok to you that they do exactly this and then keep a couple to eat? Because that makes financial sense why? At least they can catch a bass after releasing. All of the stocked eyes in put and take fisheries all over the state have to be restocked. Obviously you don't fish bass-niether do it- but to say one is ok and not the other is just dumb. They haven't spend a penny on making it a world class bass lake. All they need are walleye fisherman and nets to do it for them.

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batman50May. 22, 13 9:27 AM

“We’re managing Mille Lacs primarily as a walleye fishery,’’ he said. NO SHIZ DNR. 95% of the lakes in the state are managed for this. There are OTHER species just as enjoyable, just as good to eat. DWM- Department of Walleye Management

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markapMay. 22, 13 9:55 AM

Bass are not the problem with the walleye population. They are the result of the problem. The problem is those in harmony with nature using gill nets and spears on the spawning beds.

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jjensen34May. 22, 1310:23 AM

The real problem with the lake is the fact that it is very over and poorly managed!!! Changing the limit and allowing 6 small mouth bass to compensate for not being able to harvest walleye is rediculas. Increased harvest to one species and believing it will increase another is rediculas. The two real problems with the lake is the focus on the same basic slot size for well over 10 years. The other is to recognize that which no one wants to admit because of its political impact in our overly liberial state government. Heaven forbid we offend a group by stating the truth and fact and potentially jepordizing a source of political funding. I will not be specific but anyone that follows and cares about the fishery knows exactly what I am refering to. Its time to make a stand and if you want large quanities of fish to eat purchase farm raised fish and quit runing our resources.

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batman50May. 22, 1311:43 AM

The only thing more dangerous to a fishery than native netting is millions of white dudes who think they need to kill every WALLEYE they come in contact with. It's their 'right'!

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rabidwarpigMay. 22, 13 5:10 PM

Hard to tell who is killing the most walleye: The Casino Indians or the Weekend RedNecks??

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bluewavexx3May. 24, 1310:42 AM

who the heck keeps and eats smallies anyways i would keep a trophy but you would have to be pretty hungry to eat one of those. Same as those white guys in isle spearing tons of suckers during spawn then desperately trying to give em away in town because they dont want em. they should be ticketed why kill something you dont want?

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lloyd55423May. 25, 1311:19 AM

Back in the day, my buddy Hoppy and me spent many a weekend up at old Lake Mille Lacs near Onamia - the "dead sea" as we affectionately called it. Fishing regulations were more liberal, and the local game warden was usually asleep at the switch anyways, if you take my meaning. Some of those bars on the lake were a little rough-and-tumble, but that didn't stop us from staying until closing time if the beer didn't run dry. Thanks for letting an old dog share his tales of the good ol' days.

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