DNR to bands: Mille Lacs has problem

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 16, 2012 - 11:30 PM

State fisheries managers say that "tribal exploitation rates" of Mille Lacs male walleyes could warrant fish harvest management changes.

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palmquist1Jun. 16, 12 5:13 PM

Stop all fishing on Mille Lacs and the Tribal exploitation rate has to stop for 5 years. I am a person how used to fish and now a can't throw the line ever far had to stop and that hurts love fishing. We over do everything and end up with problem.

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ironweedJun. 16, 12 5:59 PM

So what they gonna do, make the tribes net bigger fish? Netting isn't gonna go away - let's hope it does go back to 'court' which is highly unlikely. The tribes already have a 5-yr plan and the next 5 years of allocations could result in even less fish for state anglers. You NEVER know what you're gonna get with court decisions - careful what you wish for!

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sjfellegyJun. 16, 12 6:30 PM

No, the Tribal end does NOT have a 5 year plan in place! The "plan" was just a proposal and needs approving. Obviously, the Mn. DNR is now saying that Tribal "plan" will NOT fly! I applaud the Mn.DNR for finally standing up to this mess! THANK YOU!!! This should be the beginning of the end to this baseless, ongoing mess. Biology, not anything but, needs to prevail at the walleye crown jewel of Mn. THANK YOU DNR!!

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sjfellegyJun. 16, 12 7:17 PM

THANK YOU StarTribune/Dennis for breaking this news!!

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nedwardbrJun. 16, 12 7:30 PM

This is a no-win for the indians. They have everything to lose no matter what happens if it goes back to court. First Loss: The court stops allowing netting (slaughtering) Mille Lacs. Indians Lost. Second Loss: The courts change the slot limits for anglers (real people) essentially shutting down the lake. Nobody goes to Mille Lacs and the businesses go bankrupt. However, there is one business the Indians can't afford losing, "THE CASINO"!!! The Indians will then start begging for the anglers to return (because they are the ones that have money:), and essentially agree to stop netting the lake and beg for us to return. Now full circle: this isn't an issue about "My Ancestors" or "My People" now is it. Indians Lose. Out

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nedwardbrJun. 16, 12 7:58 PM

Here is part of their new "Plan": The following management measures will be adopted for Mille Lacs Lake. A. Hook and Line, Spearing, Setline, Set or Bank Poles, and Harpooning and Archery Equipment. 1. The Conservation Codes authorizes fishing in Mille Lacs Lake by hook and line,spearing, setline, set or bank poles, and harpooning and archery equipment. Except for harpooning and archery equipment, these methods can be used to harvest largemouth andsmallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, rock bass, bluegill, crappie,pumpkinseed, yellow perch, cisco (tullibee), and rough fish.

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chavistaJun. 16, 12 8:28 PM

I know sjfellegy thinks he's Johnny Cochran, but he's not. If the DNR pushes this issue, the tribe would probably love to go back to court. The 1837 treaty is pretty cut and dried and the tribe is giving the hook and line angler’s permission to take a cut of the fish on "their" lake, not the other way around. My guess is that the court would rule that all hook and line fishing on the lake will cease if there's a problem with the walleye population. Like it or not, the tribe will always get first chance at the fish on that lake. Now, there's always the possibility that the tribe will step forward and magnanimously accept the DNR proposals or even suggest some better proposals. But to take cheap shots at the tribe with your posts will definitively not curry favor with them.

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forknaJun. 16, 12 9:53 PM

Geez Steve and here all along I thought you were for equality, not biology. Guess we won't be seeing you at the upcoming PRIDE parade will we now?

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LundExplorerJun. 16, 1210:16 PM

Too bad the DNR is about 5 to 10 years late on their position regarding tribal netting. If only.

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lloyd55423Jun. 16, 1211:37 PM

Back in the day, me and my buddy Hoppy used to fish Mille Lacs regularly, and we were well-known in the Malmo area. The Seven Mile Flats were our haunt, and we supplied many a neighborhood fish fry with our catch, of course, this was before the new regulations were in place. Nowadays, we can't fill half a stringer with our legal take, and Hoppy had to stop drinking and he has the shakes so bad he can't run our trolling motor anymore, not to mention all the new electronics seen in many boats at the launch. Lets hope the courts overturn the current regulations, and you'll see Hoppy and me out there again with basket full of tasty walleye.

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