- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota legislator says he’ll introduce a bill to override the state’s decision to allow no walleyes to be kept this year on Mille Lacs Lake.

Sen. Dave Brown, a Republican from Becker, says he thinks the Department of Natural Resources is “doing everything they possibly can to destroy the economy” around the lake. Brown says he wants a 2-fish limit and live bait.

The DNR announced Monday that only artificial bait can be used on the lake, and all walleyes must be released.

A top official says it was a tough decision but called it the best option as the state seeks to rebuild walleye stocks.

Anglers last year were allowed to keep one walleye and the season closed early after the state went over the lake’s harvest limit.

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