Walleye Limits meeting Wednesday at Mille Lacs Lake

5:29 PM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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GARRISON, Minn. - Resort owners and residents around Mille Lacs Lake are will hear from the DNR on Wednesday night about how they intend to implement plans to limit the take of walleye from the popular lake this year.

"We need it. We need it very much so. We're over fished," said Kari Hough, owner of Garrison Sports Bait and Tackle. "If we continue to over fish the lake, we have nothing to fish for and we did it many times in the past and since this new regulation came in with the Indians and everything we've had nothing but good years of fishing. I mean from the whole time since it started, we've had nothing but good fishing."

Hough was referring to court orders confirming the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's right to net fish in the Lake, which has been controversial for many years. The band went to court and won.

"Then the judge ordered more regulations on the lake to make sure we don't hurt the fishing and because of that, we went to more stringent regulations," said Hough.

Mille Lacs Band Commissioner of Natural Resources Brad Kalk said it is important to cut the harvest in half this year.

"Of course, it is. It's important that the conservation of the resources is necessary and through biology it was determined that there was some concerns with a specific age group of walleyes in Mille Lacs Lake that needed to take a little bit more conservative measure."

The annual Walleye harvest from the Lake is to drop from 500,000 pounds in 2012 to just 250,000 pounds this year.

The meeting at the Hazelton Town Hall was to start at 6 p.m.

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