Minnesota wildlife officials are imposing another catch-and-release summer for walleyes on popular Mille Lacs Lake. The restrictions this year include a closure on walleye fishing on Mille Lacs for 21 days, from July 7 to July 27.
Years of studying the declining walleye population on Lake Mille Lacs and the tight bag limits designed to reverse it have prompted Governor Mark Dayton to propose bonding money to address the situation.
The Minnesota DNR has announced the 2016 Lake Mille Lacs fishing regulations. Mille Lacs will have a "catch-and-release" walleye season, meaning there will be no walleye allowed from May 14th through December 1st.
The Department of Natural Resources has named 17 people to its new Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee and a new point person for the agency's efforts to revive the popular lake's struggling walleye population.
Given legislative resistance, Gov. Mark Dayton says he's doubtful that a special session will occur to provide assistance to businesses along Lake Mille Lacs. Dayton acknowledged Tuesday that his hopes of a relief package aren't panning out