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Mille Lacs anglers can keep one walleye daily early, late in summer


March 24, 2021

A Mille Lacs Lake walleye caught and released in July 2013. The DNR said Tuesday, March 23, 2021, that anglers can keep one walleye daily on the big lake early and late this summer. ( Sam Cook / File / News Tribune)

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota will get to keep one walleye daily early in the 2021 open water fishing season and then, if the summer's catch isn't too large, keep a walleye late in the season as well.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday announced it will allow one fish daily from the May 15 fishing opener through May 31. The fish must be between 21 and 23 inches long or be over 28 inches, and all other walleyes must be released.

Walleye fishing on the big lake will be catch-and-release only in June before walleye fishing will be banned entirely from July 1-15. Catch-and-release only fishing will resume July 16 to Sept. 15, at which point the DNR expects to allow one walleye daily to be kept again from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30.


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