Conflicts evident at Fisheries Advisory Committee meeting, discussion with tribes productive

Brainerd Dispatch’s Zach Kayser reported on tensions between Committee members and DNR staff evident at the June 6 Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee meeting.One of the biggest issues was the request of committee members that there would not be another economically devastating closure of the walleye season. Bill Eno of Twin Pines thought “no [...]

2020-01-13T17:17:06-06:00By |Categories: News|96 Comments

Lawmaker will seek to override Mille Lacs walleye rules

March 22, 2016Sen. Dave Brown, R-Becker, responding to the DNR's new regs for Mille Lacs, says they are “doing everything they possibly can to destroy the economy” around the lake.Brown says he’ll introduce a bill to override the state’s decision to allow no walleyes to be kept this year on Lake Mille Lacs. Instead, [...]

2020-01-13T17:17:07-06:00By |Categories: News|90 Comments

Leech Lake tribe members in Treaty rights lawsuit over killing deer out of season, on private land

Two Leech Lake tribe members facing illegal deer hunting charges asked the Beltrami County District Court to dismiss their case last Friday. They claimed the state has no jurisdiction to charge them over hunting violations. Tribal members Tony Lee Morris and Randy Gregg Finn, both of Cass Lake, shot a doe they encountered on [...]

2020-01-13T17:17:07-06:00By |Categories: News|116 Comments

Seeking change in lake management, Wednesday, February 10, 2016Part one of a series: Frustrated fish advisory council member Steve Johnson of Johnson’s Portside sounds offIt is not difficult to find locals of the Mille Lacs Lake area who are outspoken in their views on the management of the lake. Many spoke loud and clear last summer when the Department [...]

2020-01-13T17:17:07-06:00By |Categories: News|45 Comments

Why the DNR stays stuck managing Mille Lacs

Steve Johnson (Johnson’s Portside) sounds off after five DNR Advisory meetings of "all talk and no action." (Click for his January reports.) He says the Committee is blocked from doing what it was created for in the first place: advising the DNR on how to solve identified issues. But then he says it's not [...]

2020-01-13T17:17:23-06:00By |Categories: News|25 Comments

Treaty management spawns false Mille Lacs collapse message

Joe Fellegy, writing about the DNR's annual Roundtable in Outdoor News’ January 22 issue, saw that Mille Lacs was "center stage" on the Agenda. It showed how the ongoing (and never-ending) portrayal of Mille Lacs is a huge issue, which he calls the "controversy capitol of Minnesota fishing."Fellegy pointed out the lake’s many fish-related [...]

2020-01-13T17:17:24-06:00By |Categories: News|92 Comments

Hooking mortality a sore point among Mille Lacs resorters

Hooking mortality was a hot topic at the DNR Mille Lacs Advisory Committee meeting in Garrison last week. The Star Tribune's Tony Kennedy showed how DNR estimates of hooking mortality for walleyes is becoming a major source of frustration among resorters and related businesses on the lake. 'Hooking mortality' roils Mille Lacs policy.Resort owners [...]

2020-01-13T17:17:24-06:00By |Categories: News|30 Comments

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