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... (2-28) The walleye and northern season has come to an uneventful end on Mille Lacs. Most of the houses have been removed and in talking to several of the resorts around the lake, some have already abandoned their roads. Be sure to call your resort directly to see if they will maintain a road from this point on. Travel without a road is best with a snowmobile.
The Fisheries Input Group will meet with members of the DNR on Wednesday the 6th. I'll write a short summary of the meeting next week.
There is still time to enlighten the boys at Aitkin Fisheries with your idea of how we can get through this harvest quota mess on Mille Lacs. If you have a solution that you're just dying to tell to someone, you may contact Tom Jones (Large Lake Specialist, Aitkin Fisheries/ MN. DNR) at email@example.com . Don't wait... the clock is ticking! The 2014 angling licenses are on sale now. They don't become valid until March 1st. All the prices we've seen so far have remained the same/similar.
In their October 9th fall assessment (link to the report), the Minnesota DNR describes the overall forage on Mille Lacs as "abundant" . This is a shift from earlier when the predator/prey relationship was "predator-rich". While the apparent success of this year's hatch is good news to everyone who is invested in the future of the Mille Lacs fishery, those of us who have spent any amount of time on the water since early August can attest to one thing - the bite got a little tougher. Some days a LOT tougher. This isn't to say that that's always a bad thing - if the fish aren't well-fed, the fishery won't thrive. If you've seen these fish in the past few weeks, I'm sure you were impressed with the overall condition of the walleye - in a word, FAT! Our advice is to keep your expectations realistic and enjoy what may be the last few weekends of open water angling before the white stuff comes.