Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration was seeking $15 million for business loans and $400,000 in tourism marketing for the Lake Mille Lacs region in special session action plan to deal with fallout from the abrupt walleye fishing suspension.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shut down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs Monday night for the first time in history. The decision was made because of the record-low walleye population on the lake, and because the quota was met for how many walleyes could be harvested this year.
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.
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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.
The Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa has named 13 northeastern Minnesota lakes where members intend to exercise their treaty rights to spear walleyes this spring. The tribe worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to set quotas and select the lakes.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released new walleye regulations that could have an impact on this year’s fishing season for one of the state’s most popular lakes.