Reminder: Mille Lacs closed to all walleye fishing July 1-15

Catch-and-release fishing will resume July 16 with one walleye legal to keep starting Sept. 16.

Mille Lacs walleye
A nice walleye caught on a purple plug trolled on lead core line on Mille Lacs Lake. The big lake will be closed to all walleye fishing July 1-15. (John Myers / 2020 file/ News Tribune)
John Myers / 2020 file/ News Tribune
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DULUTH — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake that a two-week walleye fishing closure will be in place July 1-15 aimed at reducing the number of warm-water walleyes that are caught and released but die anyhow due to stress.

Catch-and-release walleye fishing will be allowed through June 30 and will start up again from July 16 to Sept. 15, after which one walleye per day can be kept between 21 and 23 inches.

Fishing for all other species is as usual all summer on the big central-Minnesota lake, but generally limited to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the walleye closure.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
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