Minnesota DNR Reverses Its Decision, Will Allow Live Bait For Mille Lacs Walleyes

Walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to use live bait this summer after all. In a surprising turnabout, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reversed its position on the use of live bait announced last month.

Under regulations announced at that time, only walleye anglers on commercial launches would have been able to use live bait. That rule was part of a larger package of regulations aimed at conserving walleyes on the troubled lake, including a rule that requires anglers to release all walleyes they catch.

But after receiving feedback from anglers and other stakeholders, the agency on Thursday announced its decision allowing all Mille Lacs Lake anglers to fish with live bait when the season opens on May 14.

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