Column: Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota study walleye population
Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
"Lake Mille Lacs is Minnesota's own Rubik's Cube: a walleye fishery puzzle that seems impossible to solve.
The complexity came to a head this fall when the Department of Natural Resource's gill-net surveys showed a declining number of male walleyes in the big lake, as well as a drop in the overall walleye population to the lowest levels in 40 years. And the lake's larger walleyes are getting skinny, a sign they are not finding enough food.
Think you have the answer? Before you say yes, consider:
• The walleye fishery is co-managed to serve thousands of sports anglers, local fishing and tourism-related businesses and Chippewa tribes, who net fish each spring.
• Sharing the walleye harvest means regulations for sports anglers that require them to release larger fish, altering the composition of the fishery.
• The bands' nets, too, tend to target smaller walleyes."
Get the Story:
Doug Smith: Population puzzle is vexing at Mille Lacs
(The Minneapolis Star Tribune 11/18)
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