DNR announces fishing regulations for Mille Lacs Lake

By KBJR News 1

The day's haul

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 6:50 PM CDT

Mille Lacs, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- In order to increase walleye numbers the DNR is modifying the 2014 fishing regulations on Mille Lacs Lake.

The daily possession limit will remain the same but the night fishing ban will now be enforced from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. beginning on May 12. The ban will be extended through Dec. 1 instead of ending in mid–June.

"The new regulations reflect our commitment to improving the walleye fishery as quickly as possible with as little harm to the local economy as possible," DNR fisheries chief, Don Pereira, said.

The DNR says the fishing limit remains at two walleye from 18–20 inches, except one longer than 28 inches may be taken.

When new regulations go into effect on May 10, the DNR says anglers will be able to keep 10 northern pike, of which only one may be longer than 30 inches.

The northern pike season will be extended from mid–February to the last Sunday in March. The DNR says the northern pike spearing ban on Mille Lacs also will be removed.

The DNR says its approach is currently under review by a panel of national fish management experts.

Ramona Marozas