Mark Dayton

Mille Lacs catch-and-release walleye season to remain open

Anglers have surpassed the walleye quota on Mille Lacs Lake, fisheries managers announced Tuesday, but the season will stay open at the direction of Gov. Mark Dayton, who voiced concern about the impact a closure would have on the area's economy.

The impact of continued fishing on the struggling walleye population should be "quite small" because the catch-and-release-only regulations, imposed for the first time this season, are successfully conserving the big 2013 class of walleye that will eventually spawn, said Don Pereira, fisheries chief for the Department of Natural Resources.

Mille Lacs' total walleye harvest was capped at 40,000 pounds for this season,...