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Paul Waldowski

DNR Raises Walleye Quote For Next Year?

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Paul Waldowski

The safe-harvest quotas for Lake Mille Lacs have been raised for the 2009 fishing season after a slow bite last season.

The overall walleye harvest has been set at 541,000 pounds. That's 111,000 pounds more than the 430,000 pounds allowed last season, when sport anglers took only 76,000 pounds. Officials attribute the slow bite to an unusual abundance of bait fish in the lake.

The allocation for sport anglers this year will be 414,500 pounds, up 107,000 pounds from the 307,500 pounds allowed last year.

Eight Ojiibwe Indian bands that signed an 1837 treaty can take 126,500 pounds of walleye this season, up 4,000 pounds from 122,500 pounds last year.

Fisheries officials will determine after the ice fishing season whether to change the current walleye limits for the lake.

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Coach1310

Thanks for the info Paul. Should be interesting to see what they do with limits and slots.

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troutmadness

Wow! I was under the impression that wasn't going to change for a long time. I'll have my ears open.

You don't think they'd change the slot do you, Maybe just up the daily limit???

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Rick G

Thanks Paul!

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eelpout1

Thanks for forwarding that info, Its Interesting. I know this could start a brew ha but, does this take in account the attrition rate for released fish? I'm just wondering, I think the higher number is great, for the resort industry and the anglers. Thanks again smile

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