Just weeks after banning anglers from using live bait this season while fishing for walleye on Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota conservation officials changed course. Live bait will now be allowed on Mille Lacs starting with the May 14 fishing opener, although the catch-and-release only rule for walleye remains in place, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.
The DNR said it decided to allow live bait after getting feedback from its local advisory panel. The agency is “hearing that anglers are accepting of the catch-and-release aspect of the walleye season, but members of the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee heard clear concerns about the live bait restriction, as did the DNR,” Don Pereira, the DNR’s fisheries section chief, said in a statement.
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