The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that anglers on Mille Lacs can keep one walleye between 18-20 inches long, or one longer than 28 inches, until the total catch for the ice fishing season reaches 5,000 pounds, reports The Star Tribune.
The regulation goes into effect Tuesday, December 1, and lasts through Sunday, February 28, 2016.
The DNR is also reducing the limit of northern pike on Mille Lacs from 10 to five, with one fish longer than 30 inches allowed.
The new rules are a compromise between protecting the declining walleye and pike populations in Mille Lacs and preserving winter business for resorts.
H/T Star Tribune