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DNR to close Mille Lacs Walleye Fishing on Sept. 6

Updated: August 26, 2019 10:38 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The state is closing walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake effective Friday, Sept. 6, so sport anglers don't exceed the lake's safe harvest level.

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The Department of Natural Resources cites high angling pressure and catch rates in July and August, when warm water increased hooking mortality and resulted in a larger-than-expected walleye kill.

The DNR this year allowed anglers on the popular lake to keep one walleye through May 31 before it returned to catch-and-release-only walleye fishing. It was the first time since 2015 that Mille Lacs anglers could keep a walleye during the open-water season.

Starting Sept. 6 at 12:01 a.m. anglers can't legally target walleyes on Mille Lacs, but may fish for other species.

Regulations for the 2019-2020 Mille Lacs ice fishing season will be announced in November.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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