Mille Lacs Lake Open for Winter Fishing Season
Winter fishing limits 1 walleye, 5 northern pike per anglers
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced on Thursday, November 3, that the winter walleye regulation will allow anglers to keep one walleye between 19 and 21 inches or one longer than 28 inches.
The winter walleye season begins on Thursday, December 1 and extend through Sunday, February 26, 2017.
On November 1, Tribal and DNR biologists met to evaluate the status of the walleye population after the completion of the 2015-16 season. The key conservation goal was achieved by conserving the abundant 2013 year class, with minimal fishing mortality occurring during the past year, as well as key population benchmarks successfully met.
Northern pike season will give anglers and spearers more opportunity to harvest fish on Mille Lacs. Anglers and spearers will have a limit of up to five fish with one longer than 30 inches. In order to keep the northern pike longer than 30 inches, anglers much have caught two northern pike shorter than 30 inches and have both smaller fish in immediate possession.
Pike regulation goes into effect December 1 and runs through Sunday, March 26, 2017 for anglers and Sunday February 26, 2017 for spearing.