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Mille Lacs Anglers Protest DNR’s Light Restrictions On Smallmouth Bass

Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

To the chagrin of it’s local anglers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is planning to implement lighter restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs’ smallmouth bass.

Mille Lacs anglers are worried that the restrictions will cause the lake’s smallmouth population to diminish, according to the Pioneer Press.

An angler would now be able to keep six fish less than 17 inches long, or five less than 17 inches and one fish longer than 20 inches. Prior to the restriction changes, all fish shorter than 21 inches were released. One fish 21 inches or longer could be kept.

The DNR believes the population surge isn’t a direct affect from the previously placed restrictions. According to the Pioneer Press, the DNR states that factors such as three decades of improving water clarity has meant the lake’s main predator, the walleye, has ceded to shallow rock humps, now often sunlit, to the smallmouth.

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