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DNR Announces Details of Mille Lacs Walleye Season

Updated: March 12, 2019 06:07 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released details of its previously-announced plan to allow anglers who fish Mille Lacs Lake to keep one walleye in May.

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It'll be the first time since 2015 that anglers on the lake will be allowed to keep a walleye during the open-water season.

The DNR said Tuesday that they'll be allowed to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches, or one walleye over 28 inches, from the May 11 fishing opener through May 31. Then the lake returns to catch-and-release-only walleye fishing.

The DNR announced earlier that the lake's improving walleye population would allow for a limited harvest this season.

DNR fisheries chief Brad Parsons says the regulations represent a "careful balance" between expanded fishing and conserving the fishery.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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