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Walleye, northern declining in Lake Mille Lacs

The DNR says the walleye population has reached its second-lowest level since the agency started taking the measurements in 1983. Over the long-term, male walleye have been declining on Lake Mille Lacs. Northern pike numbers are also falling.
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The DNR says the walleye population has reached its second-lowest level since the agency started taking the measurements in 1983. Over the long-term, male walleye have been declining on Lake Mille Lacs. Northern pike numbers are also falling.

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