DNR Opens Walleye Harvest on Lake Mille Lacs in May
GARRISON -- Anglers who want to keep walleye from Lake Mille Lacs will have that opportunity for the month of May. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced a one fish limit between 21 and 23 inches from May 11th until May 31st.
It's the first time anglers will be able to keep a walleye during the open water season since 2015.
Starting on June 1st, the regulations switch to a catch-and-release system. There will also be a night closure for walleye on Mille Lacs from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
The DNR says the May harvest is possible because of an improving walleye population and cooler water temperatures in May will lower the hook mortality rates.
Anglers will also be able to keep five northern pike this summer except for a protected slot of between 30 and 40 inches with only one fish over 40 inches allowed.
A three-fish bag limit will be allowed for largemouth and smallmouth bass starting May 25th. Bass between 17 and 21 inches must be released and only one bass over 21 inches can be kept. New statewide regulations mean anglers must release all smallmouth bass starting September 9th through February 23rd, 2020.