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Continued: Mille Lacs night fishing ban extended to boost walleye

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 25, 2014 - 8:56 PM

“It’s absolutely going the opposite way of having a trophy smallmouth bass fishery, something coveted by so many places,’’ he said.

Pereira said officials are investigating the causes of the walleye decline. Meanwhile, northern pike and smallmouth bass in recent years have been increasing dramatically. Young walleyes are not surviving well in the lake, and the DNR plans a detailed diet study to see what predators might be responsible.

“It doesn’t appear smallmouth bass are problematic, but it appears northern pike could be,’’ Pereira said.

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