The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that catch-and-release only regulations will again be in effect beginning with the May 12 fishing opener.

The DNR says the regulations are beneficial as they not only maximize fishing opportunities for anglers, but also protect the health and sustainability of Mille Lacs’ walleye population, which they claim has improved.  Because of that improvement no mid-season closures are planned.

Night closure will also be in effect on Mille Lacs from 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. beginning May 14 and continuing through November 30, when the open-water season concludes.

The DNR also reminds all anglers that walleye aren't the only fish to go for on Lake Mille Lacs.  It's also a great lake for bass and muskellunge.

Bass season opens Saturday, May 12, but is catch-and-release only through Friday, May 25. Beginning on Saturday, May 26, Mille Lacs’ bag limit will be four bass per angler. All smallmouth and largemouth bass between 17 and 21 inches must be immediately released. Anglers may keep only one bass over 21 inches.

The muskellunge season opener is on Saturday, June 2, with the statewide rules of a one fish bag and a minimum length of 54 inches.

Follow the link below for a complete list of Minnesota fishing regulations.



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