Mille Lacs Lake

Walleye lakes


Mille Lacs angler survey

An angler survey on one of Minnesota's lakesDNR relies on its creel, or angler survey, to monitor fishing on Mille Lacs Lake.

The 2016 safe walleye harvest level established by the DNR and Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission was 40,000 pounds, with 28,600 allocated to state anglers and 11,400 for tribal fishing.


Fishing report through Thursday, September 15, 2016

Walleye

  • State anglers (September 1-15)
    • Hooking mortality estimate: 1,207 pounds (618 fish)
    • Released: 16,709 pounds (9,284 fish)
  • Tribal fishing total: 7,808 of 11,400 allowed pounds (2,407 fish)
  • State angler total: 47,735 of 28,600 allowed pounds (22,433 fish)

Northern Pike

  • State anglers (September 1-15)
    • Harvested: 1,805 pounds (541 fish)
    • Hooking mortality estimate: 199 pounds (44 fish)
    • Released: 3,620 pounds (798 fish)
  • Tribal fishing total: 1,752 of 50,000 allowed pounds (430 fish)
  • State angler total: 21,552 of 50,000 allowed pounds (5,394 fish)

Yellow Perch

  • State anglers (September 1-15)
    • Harvested 0 pounds (0 fish)
    • Released: 72 pounds (696 fish)
  • Tribal fishing total: 636 of 101,714 allowed pounds (953 fish)
  • State angler total: 5,867 of 135,000 allowed pounds (11,216 fish)

Previous reports

What is a creel survey?

Unlike many lakes, a creel survey is done each year on Mille Lacs because there are safe harvest limits on walleye, perch and northern pike.

DNR creel clerks interview anglers, measure fish, keep track of hours fished and count boats, fish houses and recreational craft. This year on Mille Lacs, clerks also are asking if anglers used live or artificial bait.

When the data is analyzed, it provides information about angler effort, harvest, size distribution of fish as well as insight into fishing quality and pressure.