Fond du Lac Band's spearing on Mille Lacs clarified
Brian Borkholder, fisheries biologist for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said there has been some misunderstanding about an item in this past Sunday’s Outdoors pages about the band’s spearing on Mille Lacs Lake this spring.
Here’s a summary of the band’s harvest plans for Mille Lacs, according to Borkholder: Overall, the band has an allocation of 2,034 pounds of walleyes. On the first night of spearing, 20 band members will be allowed to spear 20 walleyes each, but only two of those walleyes may be less than 15 inches long. The restriction on spearing walleyes under 15 inches long is designed to protect the abundant 2013 year class, which state and tribal biologists are hoping will help the troubled Mille Lacs walleye fishery rebound.