Lake Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye starting Dec. 1

Winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Saturday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.

The DNR is “encouraged to see evidence that [their] conservative approach to Mille Lacs is paying off to the point [of] seeing population increases . . .” However, in spite of the number of walleyes over 14 inches nearly tripling in Mille Lacs over the past five years, some year-classes remain below normal. That’s enough for concern that “opening up additional harvest too fast or too soon could jeopardize the population increases we’re seeing.”

The walleye bite is expected to be quite good on Mille Lacs this winter due to low forage levels.

See Press Release discussion of assessments, estimates, and a cautious approach to interpreting the results here.