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Payday    0
Payday

The startribune published that the slot is set, 4 fish, 18-28 protected.

This should benefit both the angler as well as the resort owners. Hopefully it will remain constant for a few years and not have to be changed mid season again.

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dws    0
dws

I can live with this slot. How about the rest of the folks?

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> MN DNR Home > News >

News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lake Mille Lacs walleye slot set for 2008 (March 4, 2008)

Anglers who fish Lake Mille Lacs during the 2008 fishing season will be able to keep four walleye up to 18 inches in length. The bag limit of four may include one trophy more than 28 inches.

The regulation, which begins May 10 and requires anglers to release all walleye from 18-to 28-inches, was set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources following input from Mille Lacs area resort, angling and related interests.

The regulation aims to ensure that the state angler harvest falls within the state’s 2008 allocation of 307,500 pounds of walleye. Eight Chippewa Indian bands from Minnesota and Wisconsin may take 122,500 pounds of walleye.

From the DNR web-site.

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BigWadeS    0
BigWadeS

I think this is a very good slot. It gives everyone a chance at a few for the frying pan and then the other added bonus of the big girls out there too! Will this also be adjusted mid summer like previous years?

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Payday    0
Payday

DWS-Thanks for getting the actual article posted. You beat me to it.

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dws    0
dws

It's nice to be signed up for the e-mail alerts from the DNR. We all pay enough into them each year. There is some real good free stuff out there people just need to sign up for it.

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PerchJerker    0
PerchJerker

I'm good with the new slot.

Sure beats the 14"-16" keep slots that have occasionally been in force.

Sure beats the "4 under 20" and "4 under 22" slots of a few years ago - I hated seeing all those fish over 18" being cleaned.

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deadminnowcatcher    0
deadminnowcatcher

You hate to see 19 inch walleyes being cleaned? why?I dont enjoy seeing them being cleaned in the literal sense but i sure enjoy eating them. I would rather see a 2 fish limit with 2 under 20 inches

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Team Otter    0
Team Otter

Perfect. That's what it should be state-wide.

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Bigeye30"    0
Bigeye30"

I'm all for it, but I will say this will make any tournament a little tougher, it'll be interesting to see what the pros can do with this,

The only negative I see being a factor is that the larger the slot, spand of inches wise, the more likely people will start keeping the 12 and 13 inchers or smaller,(yes I know some people are less unfortunate education wise and do so already) which will in turn make for some tough years ahead numbers wise with people focusing on the newer year classes, because their ego tells them they need a limit. Personally I wish they would add a minumum fourteen inch rule statewide. But this is better than it was that is for sure.

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Jlineandsinker    0
Jlineandsinker

I agree with you Otter,(state wide slot)If we could just add a couple of feet of water..

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Scott M    3
Scott M

Love this slot. Pretty darn good compromise. You still get four fish and the slot only shrinks 2 inches. Coming off the tiniest of slots from midsummer this is a pretty nice compromise for anglers and resorters. The bite might be tough this year, but if the forage gets thinned out, 08 and 09 are going to be dynamite with a strong year class coming forward from 05.

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polarsusd81

I agree with Bigeye 30. I love the new slot for the pond, and along with a 14" minimum, it would make a great slot statewide. 4 fish from 14-18 would be great.

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HoleHopper    0
HoleHopper

I can live with it? We have no choice!

What thins down some of the bigger fish, so as too keep the lake in balance, instead of targeting specific year classes? Or is this just a political (poundage issue)?

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thehawk    0
thehawk

In the end I think this is a good slot. I think it is what is right for the lake and for anglers & resort owners alike. Now what I don't agree with is that the native americans got more pounds than last year? If the fishery is in need of help then why is the angling public the only side to give up some poundage? That just simply isn't right. If this lake is as bad off as the DNR of this state claims, then why does one group get more pounds and the anglers get less? Who do they work for anyways? Are they not employed by us tax payers? They should be working for both side in an equal manner. If there is a cut in poundage shouldn't both sides have to deal with a cut back? If I am looking at this issue correctly, the only group that has to deal with a cut in pounds is the anglers and we pay their saleries(at the DNR). I hate to say it but is there a kick back happening with the DNR? If the lake needs a cut back in pounds, shouldn't it be for both sides? Very confusing issue, especially when the sides are not equal or treated the same by a state run office.

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pegleg    1
pegleg

Thanks for posting this info. Did the DNR say anything about the night ban on Mille Lacs? With the tighter slot are they going to still have the ban for the start of the season on Mille Lacs?

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Paul Waldowski    0
Paul Waldowski

Yes the night ban would still be in effect

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MidCoast    2
MidCoast

I dont like the slot at all. Most of the Mille Lacs walleyes I catch are over 18 inches... Wasn't the slot up to 19 or 20 inches last season???

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Scott M    3
Scott M

It had been 20-28" for what, 3 years now?

Keep working, you'll find those fish under 18...walleye behavior is different at different life stages and IMO sizes too. I know I won't be getting many eater fish on the flats mid-summer as an example, but at that time I know other places to try ;\)

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Lip'em    0
Lip'em

Yeah, except you need me to help you find them! \:D

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Sandmannd    11
Sandmannd

I have no problem with it at all. That's a good eating range anyway.

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