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Last updated 9-11-14
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The Minnesota DNR has announced the 2014 regulations for Mille Lacs:

Walleye: Two fish 18-20 inches. One may be longer than 28 inches. Northern Pike: Ten fish. One may be longer than 30 inches. Season closes March 29, 2015. Bass: Six total smallmouth and largemouth combined. One smallmouth may be longer than 18 inches. Season opens Saturday, May 10. Lake is exempt from mid-September catch-and-release smallmouth regulation. Bass may be caught through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Tullibee (Northern Cisco): Possession limit is 10. Other Species: Follow statewide regulations. No Culling Night Closure: The night ban will be lifted at 10PM on July 21st, 2014.

You'll notice that some regs have been relaxed or even temporarily eliminated. The night ban will be lifted at 10PM on July 21st, 2014. Most of the other regulations have changed to the Mille Lacs angler's advantage - the bass season coincides with the walleye season (May-Feb.), the northern limit has been increased to 10, darkhouse spearing will open December 1st and the northern season has been extended through March 15. All changes have been labeled "experimental/temporary", meaning that some or all of them will be tweaked down the road. Some folks like the changes, some hate them, some will tolerate them and some won't. Kind of like how they make red cars and blue cars... different things are important to different people.

... The night ban has been lifted for 2014.

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... (9-11)There's little to write again this week - the full moon didn't seem to help or hurt fishing earlier this week. The bite stayed and continues to stay similar to what we've seen the past several weeks - a decent walleye bite at first and last light (mostly smaller fish), and a few muskie and northern throughout the daytime. Stick to leeches/slip bobbers for your walleye.

Yes, we still have big leeches!

Remember... Mille Lacs is the ONLY fishery in Minnesota where you can continue to catch AND HARVEST smallmouth bass until February 22, 2015. All other fisheries in Minnesota went to catch-and-release as of 9-8-14.

... (9-4)Even though many of us see the next two months as the "rest of the summer", "the fall fishing", "the prime time", others have started the annual process of saying "good-bye" - the last tub of leeches, pulling the dock and boat lift out of the water, even a few drianing the water lines on the cabin. Seems early, but once school starts and the calendar turns over an increasing number of Mille Lacs anglers call it "good" for the season. I guess this just leaves a little extra room on the lake for those of us who enjoy the fall bite. As of late most of that bite has been 2 hours before and about an hour after sunset. There's also a decent bite at first light. The fish we're seeing run on the smaller side and are going on a leech/slip bobber the best. Hardbaits trolled on leadcore have been turning some fish too. The deep (23+) water is still the best, but over the weekend we saw a fair number of walleye caught in that 12 foot range. Paula caught a 54 inch muskie over the weekend! YEAAAAAHHH! Actually, a few other muskie were boated over the weekend - mostly from trolling, a few on BIG suckers and a few casting. Overall it may have been the best muskie weekend of the season so far, possibly due to the extra angling pressure.

Yes, we still have big leeches!

Sunset for Friday, September 5th is 7:43 PM.

The Minnesota DNR has a new surprise for boaters statewide. By July 1st, 2015 each of us will have to take invasive species training, pass a test and pay a fee to obtain a sticker for our boat trailer. Own a second boat? No sweat - just pay a little extra and they'll issue you another sticker! Have any questions? Follow this link.

Are you unfamiliar with this whole "lead-core trolling" thing? Stop in and we can help - we've got the line, baits, rods and reels OR... you can drop off your reel and we'll spool it for you. We even have reels all spooled-up and ready to go as well as rod/reel combos ready-to-go.

As we reported on Monday , the night ban on Mille Lacs that was scheduled to run until December 1, 2014 will be cancelled at 10PM Monday, July 21, 2014.

Be sure to turn on your navigational lights before sunset: "Navigation lights must be on from sunset to sunrise" (see sunrise/sunset schedule at end of booklet).

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