Winter harvest will remain the same as last winter

In a conference call held Monday morning with the Mille Lacs Fishing Advisory Committee (MLFAC), the Minnesota Department of Resources released a preview of regulations for winter walleye fishing.

The DNR told the group it looks like they are going with the same regulation as last winter with one fish per angler in the 21 to 23 inch harvest slot or one fish per angler over 28 inches.

Regional Fisheries Manager (Central Region) Brian Nerbonne said that from input from the public and MLFAC, they know a winter harvest opportunity is important and incorporated that into their winter regulations. He added that it is important for them not to cut into the summer harvest, but that will depend on what comes out of the lake this winter.

The DNR did indicate the possibility of a higher harvest allocation for next summer, saying they will be discussing that with the Bands.

Overall, anglers can look forward to winter walleye fishing this winter season!

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