Mille Lacs walleye regulation unchanged

Anglers who fish Lake Mille Lacs during the 2010 fishing season
will again be able to keep four walleye up to 18 inches in length.
The bag limit of four may include one trophy more than 28
inches.

The regulation, which begins May 15 and is identical to the
current regulation, requires anglers to release all walleye from
18-to 28-inches. It was set by the Minnesota DNR following input
from Mille Lacs area resort, angling and related interests.

The regulation aims to ensure that the state angler harvest
falls within the state’s 2010 allocation of 411,500 pounds of
walleye. Eight Chippewa Indian bands from Minnesota and Wisconsin
may take 132,500 pounds of walleye.

In related news, the DNR is seeking rule-making legislation this
session that would allow the agency to change the mid-season
fishing regulation on Mille Lacs in a more expedient manner,
thereby ensuring the walleye regulation is no more restrictive than
necessary.

“Our management approach at Mille Lacs is to apply the least
restrictive regulation while staying within the allowable harvest
level,” said Dave Schad, DNR Fish and Wildlife division director.
“If the Legislature supports our proposal it could result in
relaxed slot limits earlier in the summer when those opportunities
exist.”

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