DNR: Mille Lacs To See Low Walleye Harvest Numbers In 2014

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 10:46 am

If you’re an angler on Lake Mille Lacs,  you may see a lower Walleye limit during the upcoming fishing season due to a recent DNR regulation.

Friday, the Department of Natural Resources confirmed Walleye safe harvest levels to be at 60,000 pounds for the upcoming season, the lowest in Lake history. Minnesota’s fishing opener is scheduled for May 10.

Only seven years ago in 2006, the Lake saw it’s highest harvesting levels for Walleye, set at 600,000 pounds.

The DNR also released information on the allocation of the Walleye harvest; 42,900 pounds will be given to the state with an extra 17,100 pounds available to Minnesota’s eight Chippewa bands through an 1837 harvest rights Treaty.

The lake has reportedly not produced a strong walleye grow since 2008, according to Don Pereira of the DNR. Pereira adds that biologists are concerned about the lake’s inability to produce crops of young walleye despite excellent production in smaller fish species.

Pereira said the main goal of the allocated harvest is to improve the lake’s Walleye fishery while steering away from negative impacts on the local area.

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