The D-N-R will again allow limited harvest of walleye on Lake Mille Lacs beginning December 1st, citing significant fish population increases. Fisheries Chief Brad Parsons says there’s still quite a bit of work to determine a safe harvest level for next year’s regular season, but given the population estimate and fall assessment, “We’re optimistic that we’ll be able to be looking at some limited open-water options as soon as 2019.”
Parsons says the goal has been to publicly release those regulations in time for the Northwest Sports Show in late March. “That’s kind of one where a lot of people are setting their plans for the year, and we think it’s very helpful to the businesses and everybody to have it out by then, and that’s towards the end of March,” he says.
Parsons says regulations have been “quite conservative” on Mille Lacs the past several years as the D-N-R attempts to bolster the walleye population. Officials say numbers are increasing but some year-classes remain below average.
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