Mille Lacs Lake
Minnesota’s wildlife officials are making sweeping changes at Mille Lacs Lake to restore trust with locals after shutting down the lake’s walleye fishing season. The Department of Natural Resources is setting up a new outpost on the central Minnesota lake with more staff to monitor its walleye population.
Minnesota lawmakers are pumping the brakes on Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for a special session to aid Mille Lacs Lake businesses hurting from the early closure of walleye fishing season.
Lawmakers are studying the fallout of the declining walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake. A group of legislators and state officials studying the issue met for the first time Tuesday, the day after the state closed the lake for walleye fishing.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced a change in fishing regulations on Mille Lacs Lake Tuesday in hopes that it will bring more bass fishing tournaments to the area. The rule change will allow anglers to sort bass that are shorter than 18 inches and keep the largest fish.
Minnesota lawmakers will be meeting later Tuesday to talk about a special session designed to help those affected by the shortened walleye season on Lake Mille Lacs.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up planning Monday for a special session to help Lake Mille Lacs businesses cope with a sudden end to the walleye fishing season, a blow to tourism on one of the state’s “Big Six” lakes.
The Department of Natural Resources is closing Mille Lacs Lake for walleye fishing at 10 p.m. on Monday. Minnesota natural resources officials said Sunday that anglers had exceeded the central Minnesota lake’s walleye quota by 2,000 pounds.
Gov. Mark Dayton started laying the groundwork Wednesday to call a potential special session to provide emergency relief to a Mille Lacs Lake area bracing for an abrupt end to its walleye fishing season — perhaps as soon as the end of next week, Dayton said.
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that Mille Lacs Lake is approaching its catch quota for walleye. Officials said new data shows the lake is approaching the quota of 28,600 pounds due to a strong catch and warm weather conditions.
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Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he’ll ask lawmakers to require a 50-foot buffer zone along most streams, lakes and wetlands to boost the state’s struggling pheasant population was the highlight of the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable. But the discussions Friday also included ones about fishing, deer hunting, wolves and moose.
The return of northern pike spearing to Mille Lacs Lake for the first time in 32 years is generating a buzz among long-time spearers.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a group of Mille Lacs Lake resort owners and anglers upset with how the Department of Natural Resources manages the big lake’s walleye population.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced earlier this week that for the first time since 2008, the survival of younger walleyes in Mille Lacs Lake appears to be improving. Fishery officials will hold a presentation Wednesday night in Aitkin to discuss the walleye population.
Fisheries officials will give a presentation in Aitkin about a study of what fish eat in Mille Lacs Lake, and how much food is consumed by predator fish in the popular east-central Minnesota lake.
The Department of Natural Resources hosts a public discussion Thursday about walleye reproduction in Mille Lacs Lake. The presentation and discussion will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center at 400 10th St. NW .
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.
The Department of Natural Resources says a huge step forward was taken recently in the fight against Asian carp after President Barack Obama signed legislation to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to boat traffic.
While fisheries managers try to figure out how to restore the struggling walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake, they’re encouraging anglers to consider what had been unthinkable for many: eat bass instead.
Fisheries officials say walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will likely see regulations similar to last year despite its struggling walleye population. The Department of Natural Resources says the safe harvest level has been set at 60,000 pounds for the upcoming season.
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Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are braving the frigid weather and getting out to Minnesota’s lovely, ice-covered lakes every Thursday and Friday until the middle of February. On Jan. 17, the duo headed out to the Mille Lacs town of Wahkon, which is about 90 miles north of the Twin Cities. Frank and Chris say Wahkon reminds them a little of Dorset, which they visited last spring, because of its tiny population and growing reputation for food. There are four restaurants all on about a one-block stretch!
Strong, northwesterly winds have pushed the ice from Lake Mille Lacs on to land, damaging several homes in the process. The southeastern shoreline of Mille Lacs has been hit the hardest, with locals referring to it as an “ice tsunami.”
Anglers will be allowed to keep fewer walleyes when they fish Mille Lacs Lake this year.
Mille Lacs Lake, one of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations, is likely to see tight restrictions this summer to help its walleye population recover.