ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton will travel to Lake Mille Lacs for the bass season opener on May 27.

With the popular lake’s walleye population struggling, Dayton is going to Mille Lacs to highlight how it has become one of the top lakes in the U.S. for smallmouth bass.

The Dayton administration and the Legislature have invested $4 million in economic development and tourism promotion in the Mille Lacs area to help cushion the blow of tight walleye restrictions. Anglers will have to release any walleyes they catch in Mille Lacs Lake again this summer.

Dayton will fish with outdoors TV personality Ron Schara and Seth Feider, a Bloomington native who won last year’s Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Mille Lacs, which will host the tournament again in September.

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Comments (2)
  1. Jack Hackney says:

    and thy bass shall peek up through the stained water and see thy face of a freak and flee.
    “Arrrg says DaBassBoss – we got ourselves an ugly one above. Send up the carp”

  2. What bothers me the most? No one will talk about why there’s a problem on the lake. Native American over fishing of that lake has to stop. You want your casinos? Leave the fish alone. They destroyed Upper and Lower Red. What’s next Leech, Lake of the Woods, Vermillion? Care takers of the land my big white butt.

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