Anderson: Walleyes are at Mille Lacs, but where are anglers?

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 12:29 AM

Weather, limit reduction have kept them off the lake.

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obviousJun. 21, 13 1:09 AM

... at other lakes that don't have a slot limit ...

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crestliner62Jun. 21, 13 6:22 AM

Hahaha Dennis, do you really need to ask? Between the fish police, the weed police, gas prices, bad attitudes, too many cooks in the kitchen, over management, Mille Lacs has pretty much been ruined, there are alot better lakes without the hassles..see ya!

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verdepatoJun. 21, 13 7:10 AM

crestliner62 is correct But I would also add high license fees, Native Americans netting, Just like everything else in Minnesota it is either illegal or mandatory If it is fun tax it to death and regulate it to death

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oste0130Jun. 21, 13 7:41 AM

I was up there last weekend camping in the state park and caught half dozen off the fishing pier, at noon. The slot ruined my fun. 26", 25", 22", 20.5", 16" 14". N0 keepers, but no fine either.

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efrik1Jun. 21, 13 8:23 AM

oste0130, funny; what are the odds getting six great fish but none to take.....perfect example of the frustration.

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jd55604Jun. 21, 1310:39 AM

But we were told by the experts that all of those off limit 2+ lb fish were supposed breed like crazy and it would result in a fishing paradise. Maybe the DNR and all of their trophy fishing supporters out there can come up with yet another dozen "special" regulations that will just drive off any remaining fillet seeking fishermen on that lake. Perhaps a limit of one walleye between 15-15.5 inches, maybe some more AIS inspection stations, road blocks, more flotation device fines, minnow water penalties, barbless hook regulations? What's shocking is that when these same buffoons propose their next solution to fix their last disaster; most of us fishermen will rally behind them fully expecting that they will get it right this time.

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crestliner62Jun. 21, 1311:15 AM

What makes me laugh the most is why the question is being asked even...ignorance?, stupidity?..in the immortal words of Don Henley of Eagles fame "Call something paradise, kiss it goodbye". Too much greed by the state, resort owners, cabin dwellers, trophy fisherman, Dept of Tourism, Native Tribe, etc...they only see a cash cow as far as the lake goes..they could care less about the resource and the fisherman..just give us your money and be quiet is what they think...the problem is that I don't have to spend my money there...I'll go else were..too much of a hassle to catch a couple fish that don't even fight that well, plenty of other places where the people are a heck of alot nicer too, too much politics have gotten involved. Hows the cash cow now folks?

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medvezhonokJun. 21, 13 4:34 PM

The DNR has no clue how to manage anything that has to do with fish, or wildlife.

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tcatheartJun. 21, 13 7:45 PM

Whether it's the slot, the netting, the over-agressive inspection stations, or what ever, there are simply too many headaches involved with fishing Mille Lacs. There are a ton of other walleye lakes that I can fish where I can keep 6 fish of "any" length, not have the hassle of other boats or the over zealous DNR. I'll choose the other lakes every time.

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frozentigerJun. 22, 1312:55 PM

and yet you morons will spend thousands of dollars to go to Canada for catch and release only walleye fishing ..... perhaps the anglers aren't there because of all the doom and gloom b.s. that Anderson and Fellegy keep spewing on here. Fine by me, walleye fishing is excellent, smallies are tasty and there's fewer of you idiots taking up my space at the accesses.

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