Mille Lacs Walleye Numbers Fall Below Expectations

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The walleye population in Lake Mille Lacs seems to be smaller than fisheries managers expected.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says recent netting assessments turned up fewer and smaller walleyes than last year. The DNR says the numbers are the second-lowest since monitoring began in 1983.

The overall long-term trend has been downward since the mid-1980s, but numbers of female walleyes have been stable. The DNR says this might be because walleye harvest methods used by sport anglers and Chippewa bands tend to target smaller, male walleyes.

The DNR says the implications of the decline in males to the overall fishery are not clear. It says walleye fishing has been good at Mille Lacs this year, perhaps due to low perch numbers that have resulted in hungry walleyes.

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One Comment

  1. joe says:

    Indians will destroy this lake, just like they did Red Lake.

  2. Joe says:

    Gee, could it be because the Indians are netting and removing the fish in record numbers and then throwing them away in fields, so the white man can’t have them??????? HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  3. johnson says:

    we stock the lakes while the indians take from the lake all they want. Why dont they fund to stock the lakes? oh i forgot they just sit on there a$$ all they looking for handout

  4. Obv. says:

    Dirty drunk engines!

  5. TL the alligator says:

    so let the lakes fish get depleted and then lets revisit the issue of natives taking too many fish… long as the natives insist on raping the lake the lake will be a lost cause as it appears to be now……what was once a great fishery is now a waste of time.


    OMG – Are you Frickin kidding me with this ludicrous statement :

    “The DNR says this might be because walleye harvest methods used by sport anglers and Chippewa bands tend to target smaller, male walleyes.”

    Please explain to me how anglers can specifically “target” smaller male walleyes?!!?!?

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