The Minnesota DNR reminded walleye anglers who fish Mille Lacs that beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, four walleyes up to 18 inches may be kept, and that walleyes between 18 and 28 inches must be immediately released.
As a trophy fish, one walleye over 28 inches can be kept..
Regulations for other species in Mille Lacs aren't affected by the change.
Currently, and through midnight Wednesday, Nov. 30, walleyes up to 20 inches can be kept.
Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.
For the first time in history, Mille Lacs anglers will be restricted to one walleye, due to the lake's record-low walleye population, the DNR said Wednesday. There also will be a night fishing ban, with the exception of muskie and bow fishing.