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 By Doug Smith    News    April 23, 2014

Upper Red Lake summer walleye regs to remain same

Upper Red Lake's summer walleye regulations will be unchanged from last year. The regulations allow anglers to keep larger walleye after June 15. From the May 10 fishing opener to June 14 anglers must release all walleyes 17- to 26-inches long. From June 15 to Nov. 30, anglers may keep walleye less than 20 inches and must immediately release all walleye 20- to 26-inches long....

 By Doug Smith    News    March 26, 2014

Mille Lacs night fishing ban extended to boost walleye

In an unprecedented move, late-night fishing on Lake Mille Lacs, a sport unto itself for generations of Minnesotans, has been banned for the coming fishing season, except for opening weekend. The annual spring night fishing ban on the state's premier walleye fishery will be extended until December, rather than ending in...

 By Doug Smith    News    January 30, 2014

DNR officers descend on Lake of the Woods in fish poaching bust

Walleye fishing has been hot on Lake of the Woods in recent months. Maybe too hot. Last week, 40 state conservation officers descended on the lake - one of Minnesota's most popular - and executed search warrants as part of a fish poaching investigation that began last summer and involve numerous violations. About two dozen...

 By Doug Smith    Features    January 8, 2014

Fisheries habitat on agenda at annual 'roundtable'

For Don Pereira, the key to maintaining Minnesota’s fishing quality is habitat. “The reason why fishing is so good in Minnesota is because we have a large, diverse suite of robust native fisheries, and those come from healthy habitat,’’ said Pereira, a 30-year fisheries research and management veteran who was recently named Department of Natural Resources fisheries...

 By Doug Smith    News    September 4, 2013

Leech Lake's unique problem? Too many walleyes

Leech Lake’s walleye population is now so high that state resource managers likely will relax fishing regulations next year, making it easier for anglers to keep more fish. Officials want anglers to take more walleyes from the 175-square-mile lake. Spurred by the current 18- to 26-inch protected slot, the lake’s walleye biom...

 By Doug Smith    News    August 28, 2013

Locals busted on Mille Lacs for too many fish

There's an impression that anglers who live outside local communities are the ones who commit most of the fishing violations. But that's not necessarily an accurate picture. Consider the busts that occurred recently on Lake Mille Lacs. Three anglers, including a married couple who lives along the lake, were charged with over-limits of fish and face heavy fines and restitution....

 By Doug Smith    Features    May 13, 2013

Angler woes: First a late ice-out, now a bait shortage

Minnesota anglers just can’t win: First they had to deal with lakes covered with ice on the fishing opener. Now the cold spring means a live bait shortage, too. “You can’t trap minnows with ice on the lakes,’’ said Phil Koep, owner of Urbank Live Bait in Clitherall, Minn., a major bait wholesaler that serves 75 bait sh...

 By Doug Smith    Features    April 22, 2013

Late ice-out: What will it mean for Minnesota anglers?

Larry Anderson peered out his window at a frozen, snow-covered Leech Lake last week and pondered whether the white expanse would be blue by the May 11 fishing opener. “Looking at the forecast, I’d say we’re in trouble,’’ said Anderson, a longtime Leech Lake fishing guide. Ice on Leech still is nearly 3 feet thick, as...

 By Doug Smith    News    April 16, 2013

3-year walleye-poaching probe nets more charges in Minnesota

About 40 people now face federal, state or tribal charges for buying and selling tens of thousands of walleyes netted from some of the state’s most popular walleye lakes, officials said Monday in announcing additional charges. Officials said 21 northern Minnesota suspects will face state charges. That’s in addition to the...

 By Doug Smith    News    April 11, 2013

Major fish-poaching scheme busted in northern Minnesota, authorities say

A major fish poaching scheme involving the buying and selling of hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of walleyes netted from some of northern Minnesota’s most popular lakes has been busted, authorities said Wednesday. Ten men from northern Minnesota have been indicted for allegedly netting walleyes and other fish from...

 By Doug Smith    News    October 9, 2012

Walleyes remain strong at Leech; Upper Red Lake regs relaxed

The walleye population on Leech Lake remains strong, according to this fall’s test netting survey. And anglers who fish Upper Red Lake this winter will be able to keep walleye from a wider slot limit than previously. First the Leech Lake news: The Department of Natural Resources walleye catch rates were above the long-term average for the sixth consecutive year. "September gi...

 By Doug Smith    News    November 24, 2011

Walleye regs change Dec. 1 on Mille Lacs, Upper Red

Walleye regulations on two popular Minnesota lakes -- Mille Lacs and Upper Red -- change next week. The walleye regs for Upper Red Lake will revert back to a 17- to 26-inch protected slot limit beginning Dec. 1, through the winter walleye season. The daily and possession limit remains at four fish, with one over 26 inches allowed. The DNR says the change back to the 17- to 26-i...


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