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DNR is developing a fisheries management plan for Mille Lacs and wants to hear from you

Discussion will recognize ‘co-management’ as a factor

PERM encourages all Minnesota anglers to attend and have their voices heard.

*** Thursday, July 11:  Northland Arboretum,14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd

*** Tuesday, July 16: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park classroom, 15066 Kathio State Park Road, Onamia

*** Thursday, July 18: Indian Mounds Regional Park Pavilion, 10 Mounds Boulevard, St. Paul

All of the meetings run from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you can’t attend there is an online survey at www.dnr.state.mn.us/millelacslake

According to an Outdoor News report today by Javier Serna, Assistant Editor, DNR gears up for three Lake Mille Lacs planning meetings this month, the DNR wants to hear from anglers around the state. “A first step in putting together a new lake management plan.”

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Share your vision for Mille Lacs Lake!

Attend a Mille Lacs Lake community conversation

MN DNR’s Minnesota Fishing Newsletter
June 24, 2019

DNR is developing a fisheries management plan and wants to hear from you. You can hear a presentation from DNR Mille Lacs fisheries supervisor Tom Heinrich, participate in discussion groups, and all ages are welcome. Join us 6-8 p.m. in person:

  • Thursday, July 11, at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd
  • Tuesday, July 16, at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park classroom in Onamia
  • Thursday, July 18, at Indian Mounds Regional Park Pavilion in St. Paul.

Can’t make a meeting? Go online for information anytime. Share your vision for the lake online from July 11 through Aug. 1 at the Mille Lacs community conversation page.  (Or below)

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DNR looking at gillnets in Bolder Lake?

This letter shows that legal and illegal gill netting is going on all over the state. The DNR doesn’t pay much attention unless there is a lot of ruckus raised. Typically most everything goes under the heading “allowed in the treaties” whether or not that area is treaty-specific.

Doug
President, PERM

Letters to the Editor
Outdoor News, Vol. 52, No. 23 June 7, 2019

What’s so special about the gill nets in Boulder Lake?

Wow. So the DNR is finally going to look at gill nets in Boulder Lake? Well, what’s so special about Boulder Lake? What about the other lakes, like Leech, Cass, Portage, (south of Bena)? I could go on, but you get the point.

I live on Leech Lake, and I have seen numerous gill nets. I have taken pictures of the gut piles […]

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Why Does it Matter if the Mille Lacs Reservation Still Exists?

Update on the Tribal Related Litigation

By Randy V. Thompson, Esq. Mille Lacs County Quarterly – April 2019

Even occasional readers of this newsletter have likely noticed that a federal lawsuit – brought in November 2017 by the Mille Lacs Band against the County, the Sheriff and the County Attorney – is a frequent topic in these pages. The Band wants a judgment that the 61,000-acre Mille Lacs Reservation, an area established by the Treaty of 1855 that includes the three northern townships of Kathio, South Harbor and Isle Harbor, still exists. It also seeks a declaration that the County, the Sheriff and the County Attorney interfered with the Band’s law enforcement authority. The County and the State disagree: the reservation was disestablished long ago.

What is less often discussed, though, is the […]

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Mille Lacs ‘C’-words, and the opaque

Joe Fellegy has some choice comments about another ‘C’ word. He quotes Steve Johnson (Johnson’s Portside on Mille Lacs) “Stop using the C-word!”, the Mille Lacs walleye population is in no crisis!”

Fellegy highlights the misleading vocabulary being used to set a up straw man excuse for a “downward swing of the Mille Lacs walleye population.” That explanation is a cover for “sudden dramatic and continuing plunge in the political walleye quota.” Then he details the fallout from “the corrosive state-tribal co-management,” which Fisheries personnel dismiss as merely being “cautious and conservative.”

Fellegy mentions “unprecedented distrust” and “ongoing uncertainty.” These are hallmarks of the “playing out of ‘treaty rights’ and related management.” They also serve a warning for the “treaty rights” claims coming out of litigation deliberately initiated over the 1855 Treaty […]

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Transparency?

After one year, abandoned gill net investigation closed

Tribal/GLIFWC game warden loading a gill net full of wasted Mille Lacs walleye

The following story is being reprinted with permission of the Mille Lacs Messenger.
By Vivian LaMoore, Mille Lacs Messenger, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

It has been nearly a year since an abandoned tribal gill net was found in Mille Lacs Lake and officials have now announced the investigation is closed.

The gill net was found last May containing 67 dead walleye. Fond du Lac tribal officials conducted a lengthy netting investigation. Officials have now said two people have appeared in tribal court and were penalized. Names of the guilty parties have not been released, nor has […]

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DNR: Mille Lacs Walleye Harvest OK 20 Days in May

It’s a shame the DNR and tribal DNR can’t recognize the true number of walleye in the lake.

DNR News Release
March 12, 2019

Walleye harvest will be allowed in May on Mille Lacs Lake
Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing regulations in recent years, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches or one walleye over 28 inches from Saturday, May 11, through Friday, May 31.

“It’s good news that anglers get to keep some walleye this May, but we are being cautious,” said Brad Parsons, DNR fisheries […]

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