"The original Mille Lacs on-line fishing report"
Courtesy of Lundeen's Tackle Castle and Guide Service www.lundeens.com Last updated 12-8-16
The Minnesota DNR has announced the 2016 regulations for Mille Lacs:
Here are the Mille Lacs regulations for the 2016 season:
2016 regulations This lake has special fishing regulations that differ from statewide or border water regulations for those species identified below and take precedence. Unless otherwise mentioned all general regulations, seasons, limits, possession, transportation and border water regulations apply.
including all tributaries from the mouth upstream to posted boundaries Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: Bass season is open May 14 - February 26. Prior to May 28, all largemouth bass and smallmouth bass must be immediately released. Beginning May 28, combined possession limit is four, with only one bass over 21". All bass 17"-21" must be immediately released. Northern Pike: Possession limit is five, with only one greater than 40". All northern pike 30"-40" must be immediately released. Tullibee (Cisco): Possession limit ten. Walleye: Anglers will be able to fish for and keep walleye at Mille Lacs Lake this winter. The winter walleye regulation will allow anglers to keep one walleye between 19 and 21 inches or one longer than 28 inches. The winter walleye season begins Thursday, Dec. 1, and extends through Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
No culling or live-well sorting: Fish taken into possession are considered part of an angler's bag limit and cannot be exchanged with another fish. However smallmouth bass and largemouth bass may be culled following statewide culling rules.
...(9-6)The walleye season on Mille Lacs is now OPEN!.
2016-17 winter regulations open Mille Lacs walleye fishing
Anglers will be able to fish for and keep walleye at Mille Lacs Lake this winter. The winter walleye regulation will allow anglers to keep one walleye between 19 and 21 inches or one longer than 28 inches. The winter walleye season begins Thursday, Dec. 1, and extends through Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Northern pike will provide anglers and darkhouse spearers with additional opportunity to harvest fish this winter. Like last winter, a less restrictive winter regulation will replace the current open water regulation and allow ice anglers and spearers to keep up to five fish with one longer than 30 inches. Anglers and spearers may only keep a northern longer than 30 inches if they have caught or speared two pike shorter than 30 inches and have both in immediate possession. The pike regulation goes into effect on Dec. 1. It continues through Sunday, March 26, 2017, for angling and Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 for spearing.
For now, bass regulations will remain the same.
...(12-8) After driving around a bit yesterday and today, we found A LITTLE ice on the south bays here on Mille Lacs. You could call it thin, a skim, new... whatever makes you feel good. The fact is, we watched whitecaps since Sunday blowing into the bays on the south end. The wind is still blowing hard as I write this (Thursday afternoon). I've seen as many as 4 people standing a SHORT distance off shore. They all described it as "thin". Mark my word, some knucklehead will try to drive their ATV out to ask "how many inches ya got there?!" It happens EVERY year!
The conditions are favorable to make ice - except for the huge wind. I don't want to paint a rosy picture of the conditions. We ALWAYS promote checking the ice thickness yourself... this is no different. Will there be some people out on the south bays of Mille Lacs this weekend? Yes. Very far? No. Many? No. We're close... BE CAREFUL!