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Continued: Anderson: Readers sound off on Lake Mille Lacs walleye population

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 2, 2014 - 8:44 AM

I have a cabin on the south side of Mille Lacs Lake. For the last 10 years, the cormorant numbers have increased incredibly. Given the past issue on Leech Lake, I would think the DNR would have started to reduce their numbers. I am not aware of anything being done. I would guess this is a contributing factor. Hopefully the DNR will start to control the cormorants without a few years of studies to confirm the obvious.

Dan Haldorson, Eagan

 

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Close the lake to netting and fishing for walleyes for three to five years. Just as was done on Red Lake, start stocking walleyes during this time as necessary to bring the numbers back. Allow the harvest of northern pike with a limit of two — size between 24 and 36 inches, with one of 36 inches. Also allow the harvest of smallmouth bass, with a limit of two. No harvest of musky.

Paul DeWolfe, Zimmerman, Minn.

 

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What if they leased the bands’ fishing rights for five years? The fish they net have so much more value dancing on the end of a tourist’s fishing rod than being rounded up in a gill net. A Mille Lacs user surcharge could be put in place that goes directly to the bands. It could be, say, a $5 sticker that goes directly on the license. Everyone is concerned about the fishery up there. But what is really in jeopardy is the local economy.

Doug Nelson, Onamia



 

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