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Mille Lacs Band 'deeply disappointed' by walleye decision


Minnesota officials announced Tuesday that although the state has surpassed its allotted kill limit for walleyes on Lake Mille Lacs, anglers still will be allowed to fish for walleye. Here’s that story.

In response, Susan Klapel, Commissioner of Natural Resources for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, released the following statement:

“The Mille Lacs Band and the other tribes with treaty rights on Mille Lacs Lake worked in good faith with the State of Minnesota to determine a safe harvest limit for walleye this year. The process was driven by science and guided by the understanding that we must, above all, protect the future vibrancy of the fishery. We listened to our fisheries’ biologists and experts, as well as the state’s. We consulted with the other tribes, and with our elders. The result was an agreement by all parties to set a restrictive limit on walleye this year — a limit the lake needs in order to give her time to recover.


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