ONAMIA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is netting fish on a big central Minnesota lake as part of the agency’s annual fall assessment.
Minnesota Public Radio reports the department’s work is under intense scrutiny because of tighter walleye regulations on Mille Lacs Lake in the last few years. The survey’s data will determine the harvest limits for next year and provide clues to the cause of the drop in the lake’s walleye population.READ MORE: Brooklyn Park Joins Growing List Of Minnesota Cities Requiring Masks In City Buildings
But area business owners say the lake’s walleye fishing has been plentiful this year.READ MORE: Wastewater Testing Reveals Scale Of St. Paul's COVID Spread
Tom Jones is a treaty coordinator for the department’s northeast region. He says the fish are hungrier which makes them easier to catch.
Department officials say outside experts will review the department’s science and management of the lake. Officials say they hope it will rebuild trust.MORE NEWS: 'I'm Scared For My Patients': As COVID Cases Surge, Delta Plus Variant Worries Medical Experts
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