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Last updated 7-25-14
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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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... (7-25) Walleye activity has been best from first light until around 10AM. The remainder of the day we find a fish here and a fish there. Fortunately, there are some smallies ranging out to 25 feet and a few keeper perch showing up. It's not the Mille Lacs "walleye-only" bite we grew used to, but it's a bite none-the-less. Leeches are the top bait followed by crawlers and fatheads. The northern bite is best in 9 to12 feet in the weeds... suckers work best here. Rattle crankbaits have also turned some fish.

Yes, we still have leeches.

...(7-17)Only a few folks fishing Mille Lacs so far this week... everyone must be waiting for the night ban to be lifted on Monday evening. Walleye action is still all over the board - mostly deep, mostly mud-related, mostly on leeches and mostly during the prime-time periods at first and last light. To the contrary, we're also seeing fish in the shallows (mostly in the weeds, but also on some of the shallower rock reefs), numerous fish on crawlers/spinners, some on minnows as well as trolling hard-baits, and the usual assortment of walleye that we often see during the mid-day. The summary? It's a "crap-shoot". I think the best approach is to keep an open mind and be sure to have a couple of back-up plans. Just because we always caught fish on XYZ Flat using ABC bait doesn't necessarily mean that it will be hot this coming weekend. Fishing memories often leaves us disappointed (right Dave?). This is a totally different season to anything we've seen in recent history. Smallmouth and northern action has been decent - stick to 12 feet or less water using the usual hardware.

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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