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Mille Lacs Walleye Restrictions to Change

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GARRISON, MN (KDAL) - In an effort to reduce Walleye mortality in Mille Lacs Lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will broaden regulations that would protect more of the lakes younger and smaller fish. The agency will allow anglers to keep walleye within one of three range options: 17-19 inches, 18-20 inches or 19-21 inches, as well as potentially one trophy longer than 28 inches. Currently, the DNR restricts anglers from keeping any walleye between 17 and 28 inches. The agency also is considering a ban on extended night fishing, reduced bag limits and live bait restrictions. Making it easier to catch smallmouth bass and northern pike, which are natural predators of walleye, is also on the table. The DNR met with interested parties in Garrison on Wednesday, and will continue getting input before announcing its changes at some point in March. 

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