DNR may cut walleye limit on Mille Lacs

Nothing's official yet, but, the DNR worries that if this winter's catch on the large central Minnesota lake is too good, it could exceed the state's allowable harvest. MPR reports that local business owners worry that people won't want to fish a tightly-regulated lake.
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Nothing's official yet, but, the DNR worries that if this winter's catch on the large central Minnesota lake is too good, it could exceed the state's allowable harvest. MPR reports that local business owners worry that people won't want to fish a tightly-regulated lake.

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Mille Lacs is Minnesota most popular walleye lake but it's home to fewer of the fish than at any time since 1972. That's what the DNR's annual fall survey found. In a letter to a group of business owners, the agency reports test netting turned up fewer than half as many walleye as last year. A fisheries supervisor says he's not sure what the low number means but he's very concerned about it.