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Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs to Close for 3 Weeks

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close for three weeks amid efforts to revive the lake's walleye population. Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close for three weeks amid efforts to revive the lake's walleye population. |  Photo: KSTP-TV file

July 05, 2017 01:45 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake is about to close for three weeks as fisheries managers try to revive its walleye population.

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With a ban on night fishing already in place, walleye fishing on the lake effectively closes at 10:01 p.m. Thursday, and reopens at 6:01 a.m. Friday, July 28.

The closure, first announced in March, is meant to prevent walleyes from dying after being caught and released, a tendency called hooking mortality, which increases as the water warms.

Fishing on Mille Lacs for all other species, including bass, remains open. It was recently named the No. 1 lake for bass fishing in the nation by Bassmaster.

But only artificial lures are allowed, except for anglers targeting northern pike or muskies, who can use sucker minnows longer than 8 inches.

Dayton spokesman Sam Fettig says the governor will fish Saturday out of Fisher's Resort near Isle.


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