Lake Mille Lacs
Frustrated with tighter fishing restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs, resorters and sport fishing groups had their day in court. They’re suing the Department of Natural Resources for ignoring a constitutional amendment.
One of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations is missing its fishermen. The DNR says June was very slow on Lake Mille Lacs, with anglers spending half the time fishing that they did the previous year.
Night fishing is returning to one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lift the ban on fishing at night on Mille Lacs Lake next Monday.
It’s the first day of a new job for Erik Ziegler. The Vermillion College student is on summer break, and working the front line of Minnesota’s war against zebra mussels. “If you sell a boat, a trailer or a lift and someone else buys it, I mean, [zebra mussels] can even be transported to another lake and it will just spread like wildfire,” Ziegler said.
Head north of the Twin Cities along the shores of Lake Mille Lacs and you’ll find some residents dealing with large piles of ice being blown onto shore – and creeping towards their homes. With the month of May just two days away, trees should be showing some signs of spring, but trees along Lake Mille Lacs are showing signs of distress. They’re split and shoved by creeping ice.
In November 1998, Minnesota voters passed a constitutional amendment on the ballot that is meant to preserve the state’s storied hunting and fishing heritage.
The walleye regulations on Lake Mille Lacs are largely staying the same for the 2014 fishing season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday. It’s part of a larger plan to increase fishing opportunities, improve walleye numbers and stay within the state’s harvest allocation.
At a time when most drivers become more cautious and more attentive to their brakes, there are others who prefer to hit the gas. They’re the ones who create race tracks on frozen lakes so they can take slippery turns over and over again.
It’s Winter Fun Week, and the WCCO Morning Show team is getting outside all week to try out winter activities for you. The activity tasked to Natalie Nyhus for Wednesday combines flying a kite and skiing at the same time. And as she found out, it’s no walk in the park.
The Department of Natural Resources issued Tuesday the beginnings of a plan to boost Mille Lacs Lake’s declining walleye population, starting with studies that could lead to tighter regulations for one of Minnesota’s most popular fisheries.
On Jan. 16, the duo headed out to Lake Mille Lacs, which is about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities. After the drive up, the two found some shelter from the windy weather at Johnson’s Portside Bait and Liquor store. They said the wind was so strong you couldn’t even see the fish houses that dot the ice on Minnesota’s second largest in-land lake.
When the snow falls and the temperature drops, we all grumble a bit. But as a whole, Minnesotans embrace the winter weather, and now there’s a statewide scavenger hunt to encourage it.
The number of zebra mussels on Lake Mille Lacs has dropped this year for the first time since they were found in 2005. Minnesota outdoors officials say a survey this week found about 1,070 zebra mussels per square foot.
Lake Mille Lacs is a hotspot for catching walleyes this time of year. But customers caught something they weren’t expecting during Monday’s launch trip at Twin Pines resort – a struggling black bear.
Out on Lake Mille Lacs, the last thing you expect to see is a deer. Angie Barrows captured video on her cell phone this weekend of a deer struggling in the water about two miles from shore.