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Mille Lacs Walleye Numbers Down From Last Year

Catching Walleye in the BWCA
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AITKIN — Hundreds, if not thousands of anglers will be heading to Minnesota’s premiere walleye lake this weekend for the fishing opener. But, what kind of harvest numbers can they expect from Lake Mille Lacs?

Rick Bruesewitz is the Aitkin DNR Fisheries Supervisor which includes Lake Mille Lacs. He says the walleye harvest was very strong last year and anglers shouldn’t expect record numbers this year. Even so, Bruesewitz says fishermen should see a good bite this weekend because says the walleye harvest should still be high with a strong year-class moving into the allowable size limits.

The walleye regulations on Mille Lacs this year include a 17-28 inch protected slot with a limit of four fish. You can keep one fish over 28 inches.

The northern pike protected slot is 27-40 inches. There is a three fish limit with one fish over 40 inches allowed.

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