Dayton: Mille Lacs Band Agrees to Forgo Walleye Net Fishing
ISLE. (AP) - Tribal netting of walleye on Mille Lacs Lake will be halted for a year amid an effort to reduce the strain on one of Minnesota's premier fisheries.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the voluntary hiatus by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe during a town hall meeting in Isle. He has been building the foundation for a possible special session to aid resorts and other businesses that will suffer when the Department of Natural Resources closes the lake's walleye fishing season early.
Band chief executive Melanie Benjamin says the netting moratorium is "a huge sacrifice" but a sign the tribe is involved in the walleye solution.
Area tensions have run high over walleye netting. The fish population has dwindled for a variety of reasons.