Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will remain closed until August 11th. That’s a result of new fisheries data collected by the DNR showing the total safe harvest allocation of 44,800 pounds for walleye on the lake has already been exceeded this season. Officials say the closure aims to help “protect the fishery and ensure the long-term sustainability of Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population.” In order to extend the walleye fishing season through Labor Day, the state will allow for an additional 11,000 pounds of walleye harvest. Catch-and-release walleye fishing will run from August 11th, through Monday, September 4th. After that, walleye fishing will then be closed through November 30th. Through the closure, anglers on Mille Lacs Lake may fish for all other species in the lake including bass, muskellunge and northern pike.
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