Ice fishing fanatics may have actually enjoyed this winter's bitter coldness; the ice is darn thick on quite a few lakes still. But even though Minnesota's been having quite a few thaw-less days doesn't mean that the ice is still in pristine condition.
We're quickly approaching the median "ice-out" dates for most Minnesota lakes (a few dates are popular knowledge: April 15th for Lake Minnetonka, the 25th for Mille Lacs and the 30th for Vermilion). Ice-out on a lake means that you would need divine powers to walk out to your favorite fishing spot; keep that fact and...!--more-->
If you want to catch walleye on Mille Lacs Lake this year, hopefully the tune of “catch-and-release” has a nice ring to it.
In an attempt to curb the lake’s recent inability to produce large crops of young walleye, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided a mere 60,000 pounds of walleye can be taken from one of the state’s premiere fishing lakes in 2014.
This year’s “safe-harvest level” is a far cry from the 600,000-pound safe-harvest level that was set only...!--more-->