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31 Charged As DNR Nets Walleye Poaching Ring

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sharing new details into “Operation Squarehook.” That is the codename of the undercover operation that netted at least 31 people in what is being described as the largest fishing bust in some 20 years.


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10 Indicted For Poaching, Illegal Sale Of Walleye

Ten men face federal charges for allegedly poaching walleye and other protected fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and selling them on the black market.


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Walleye Rules Tightened For Mille Lacs Lake

Anglers will be allowed to keep fewer walleyes when they fish Mille Lacs Lake this year.


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Meeting On Mille Lacs Walleyes Draws Big Crowd

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.


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DNR, Mille Lacs Lake Stakeholders To Talk Walleyes

State fisheries officials meet with Mille Lacs Lake area residents and business owners near Garrison on Wednesday to discuss how to cut the walleye harvest this year.


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Walleye Quotas From Mille Lacs Lake To Be Slashed

State and tribal officials have agreed to slash the maximum allowable walleye harvest from one of Minnesota’s most popular fisheries, Mille Lacs Lake.


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Best Of Minnesota: Ice Fishing

The best ice fishing in Minnesota? WCCO viewers’ pick is Lake Mille Lacs.


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DNR: Anglers Caught With Nearly 70 Fish Over Limit

A tip call led to fines for three anglers who caught nearly 70 fish beyond the limit, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The three fishers now face fines in the neighborhood of $3,000.


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Best Of MN: Top Tasting Walleye Dinner

Matt Brickman has yet to taste walleye. With the help of viewers, he was able to sink his teeth into the “best walleye dinner in Minnesota.”


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Early Spring Makes For An Unpredictable Walleye Bite

A day like Thursday only adds to the anticipation of the fishing opener on Saturday. In fact, it is the weather that might dictate success.
However, not the current conditions: an early spring has made for an unpredictable walleye bite.


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Netting Lake Waconia For Walleye

When your job is keeping tabs on the state’s walleye population you go to work when the walleye do. And an early ice out for most Minnesota lakes means the fish are laying eggs a full month ahead of normal.


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Large Fish Kill Discovered Near Leech Lake

They’re what Minnesota fishermen want to catch, so seeing hundreds of dead Northerns and Walleyes isn’t sitting well with many.


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SD Angler Wins FLW Walleye Tour Championship

South Dakota angler Dan Stier won the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Missouri River in North Dakota with a final-day catch Sunday of five fish weighing a total of 18 pounds, 14 ounces.


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ND Hosts FLW Walleye Tour Championship

Forty of the world’s top professional walleye anglers will be competing on the Missouri River in North Dakota this week for top honors in the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship.


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Nebraska Angler Fined $1,200 For Too Many Walleye

A fishing trip to Minnesota turned out to be more expensive for a Nebraska man.


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Feds Move Against Suspected Illegal Fishing Ring

Federal authorities say they’ve moved to stop a ring suspected of illegally netting and selling walleye on two Indian reservations in northern Minnesota.


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DNR Leaves Mille Lacs Walleye Slot Limit Unchanged

The state government shutdown means the Department of Natural Resources won’t be changing the walleye slot limit on Lake Mille Lacs this summer.


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Want A Record Walleye? This Is What You’re Up Against

There is something that nearly every angler who’s heading out to the fishing opener will dream about: the state record walleye.


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1000s Of Dead Walleye Being Found In Lake Erie

Wildlife researchers in northern Ohio want to know what’s killing thousands of walleye in Lake Erie.


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Restoring The Draw Of Walleye Fishing In Minnesota

The magic call of a lone loon on Leech Lake is something to behold this time of year. It’s the picture of serenity; the very reason Minnesotans put up with our long winters. The ice is out and loons are back. Welcome, to another season of fishing.


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Top 10 Walleye Lakes In Minnesota

Looking to branch out and try some new water in your pursuit of the prized walleye? Here’s a list of 10 top Minnesota lakes, both large and small, which are known for prolific populations of walleye.



Helping Walleyes Spawn A Better Fishery

There’s a spot where the Pine River meets Upper Whitefish Lake, north of Brainerd, where walleyes run fat and healthy. This time of year their bellies are heavy with eggs.


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Fish Testing Finds 9 Minn. Walleye Lakes PFC-Free

Fish from nine of Minnesota’s 10 largest walleye indicate those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals, or PFCs.


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No Change In Mille Lacs Walleye Rules For 2011

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says walleye regulations on Lake Mille Lacs this year will remain unchanged from 2010.


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Some Minn. Fishing Seasons Closing After Weekend

Explore Minnesota Tourism reminds anglers this is the last weekend of the season to fish for walleye and several other game fish species in Minnesota’s inland waters.