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April 2016

Mille Lacs Rules

4 points on bass fishing on Mille Lac…2016 season.
· Catch and release ONLY from May 14” to May 27”.
· Season for smallies DOES NOT close on Sept 12, 2016 as it does for the rest of Minnesota.
· Slot limit remains 17” – 21” must be released immediately.
· Culling is allowed for both smallmouth and largemouth bass.

From the DNR web site:
Mille Lacs 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 open through February 28, 2017. 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, except only one may be 30" or greater. All fish 30"-40" must be immediately released. The angling season for northern pike extends through the last Sunday in March. However the season for darkhouse spearing ends on the last Sunday in February.
Tullibee (Cisco): Possession limit ten.
Walleye: Catch-and-release only. All walleye must be immediately released.
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.
Night closure: Night closure beginning Monday, May 16, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 1. Muskellunge anglers may fish at night but all baits, live or artificial, in possession must be at least 8 inches long.

NorthStar Rules: Measuring fish

NorthStar Tournament Trail is revising our rule for length measurement (currently reads as: ‘fan tail’ measured - to fish being measured ‘pinched tail’). The change conforms to how the MN DNR checks fish…ie a 16 7/8” fish measured fan tail may be 17 1/8” pinched tail thus an illegal fish on Mille Lacs….. A similar situation occurs with the 21” fish…ie a fan tail under 21” may be over 21” pinched tail and be a legal fish. All measuring of fish will be with tail pinched from this point on.
Measuring a fish

Mille Lacs Added to the Schedule

The NorthStar Tournament Trail has been given permits for bass tournaments on Lake Mille Lac on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th. This is NOT a 2 day event, but single events on each day. A team does NOT have to enter both Lake Mille Lac tournaments. There will be an optional $ 100 - 100% winner take all 2 day pot for any team wishing to enter. Winner take all. A pre-toiurney meeting will be held at Eddy’s Resort on Friday June 10th starting @ 6:30 pm.

At present time, the Minnesota DNR is reviewing guideline for the length restrictions that have been placed on both largemouth and smallmouth bass – currently the slot restriction stands at 17” – 21” for immediate release. Therefore a 2 person team could, as present DNR rules apply, bring 2 – over 21” bass and 3 under 17” bass to the scales for the teams 5 fish limit.