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.
Lake Mille Lacs has a reputation of being a premiere walleye fishing destination. But many who live along the lake say it should be known for much more. “Mille Lacs at the time when I was growing up was known more as the fishing lake, but that’s evolved over the years,” Mille Lacs Island Resort General Manager Jodi Kanera said.
After the state abruptly ended walleye fishing season on Lake Mille Lacs, there’s a new push to promote bass fishing there. Gov. Mark Dayton was fishing for bass Saturday after visiting Hunters Resort in Isle. This past week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also loosened some bass fishing restrictions on the lake.
Walleye fishing may be over for the season on Lake Mille Lacs, but plenty of people will still be on the water Saturday to wet their lines.
After an abrupt end to the Mille Lacs walleye fishing season, Minnesota’s governor is ramping up his push for a special session for state financial aid.
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.
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.
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.
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With the Minnesota state fish in crisis, a Native American tribe Friday said it would not net walleye on Lake Mille Lacs next year.
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Gov. Mark Dayton will travel to Lake Mille Lacs Friday for a town hall meeting on the walleye crisis. The lack of walleye is so drastic, the Department of Natural Resources may ban walleye fishing altogether.
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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.
Gov. Mark Dayton is considering a special legislative session to prevent what he calls “economic disaster” at Minnesota’s premiere walleye lake. Lake Mille Lacs is suffering from a decline in its walleye population that is so severe, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources may ban walleye fishing altogether.
Minnesota lawmakers got an earful Wednesday from Mille Lacs County business owners about tough new walleye limits on the state’s most famous lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources imposed a one-walleye limit on Mille Lacs two weeks ago to try to revive the fish population.
With just a month to go until the statewide fishing opener, anglers who fish lake Mille Lacs received more disappointing news. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the 2015 fishing regulations for Mille Lacs, which cuts the bag limit on walleye in half.
Here in Minnesota, many of us like nothing better than a walleye fish-fry on Fridays.
Authorities are tightening walleye regulations for three lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area but loosening them for another popular northern Minnesota lake.
Walleye regulations will be more restrictive on Upper Red Lake beginning next week because of a record December walleye harvest.
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 boating season has pretty much ended on Lake Minnetonka, but to one group of anglers what they did Friday will pay off next summer. They’re with the Westonka Walleye Program, a private effort to improve walleye fishing close to home.
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 .