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Last updated 8-29-14
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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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... (8-29)We've seen just a handful of people around this week (actually, the past several weeks). Some are chasing muskie and northern, some are hitting the evening leech/slip bobber bite for some walleye and a few are trying to track down smallies - of these, the walleye folks are boating the most fish. The deeper (23+) water is a little better than the shallow (10-15) water for this approach. These are pretty small fish compared to the ones we've been used to over the past several years, but it shows us a glimpse of the future... and the future looks bright! In just a matter of a couple of years, these walleye will be the PERFECT size. You can find these fish scattered around during the mid-day too by trolling smaller (4's and 5's) hardbaits on a 3-way rig or on leadcore. Perch and shiner have been the top colors. Northern action has been best on sucker rigs in 8-12 feet along the weedlines. Wahkon and Vineland have each kicked out some nice fish.

Yes, we still have big leeches!

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.

... (8-22) The bite on Mille Lacs is pretty typical for what we expect in late August - a few fish here and there along with some "empty" spots. A slip bobber/leech combo has turned most of the fish again so far this week. Look to the rock reefs (3-mile, Hawkbill, 1 1/4 mile) in 12-18 feet on the windy days to give up some stray August walleye. The edges of the flats have some fish hanging around too, but there's a lot of natural feed out there... give the spots a half hour or so and move on. First and last light are the best times. The smallmouth bite slowed down just a bit this week - look to 7-14 feet adjacent to the BIG rocks with a slow-falling tube or fluke. The dark colors have worked best.

Yes, we still have leeches.

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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