ST. PAUL – State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, issued the following statement in response to the Minnesota DNR today announcing it will be closing Mille Lacs Lake to walleye fishing on Sept. 6.
“The fishing has been outstanding on Mille Lacs this year as the lake’s walleye population continues to rebound,” Lueck said. “In fact, the fish have been biting so well this move was made as a precautionary measure to ensure we do not exceed the cap on the safe harvest level that was assigned for this fishing year, which ends Dec. 1. It’s important that we continue to look forward, this measure temporarily pauses targeting the walleye, but lays the ground work for an even better walleye fishing season beginning with ice-on in December of this year and next year’s open water season. There remains other excellent fishing opportunities on the ‘big lake’ to enjoy. Mille Lacs continues to offer world class bass, pike and muskellunge fishing, as well as a wide range of other outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities.”