A biologist familiar with Mille Lacs Lake sent a note a few days ago asking an interesting question: what would be the reaction of fishermen if Common Loons were suspects in walleye decline in the lake? Loons instead of Double-crested Cormorants.
Replace the name Mille Lacs with Leech Lake or Lake Waconia, both of which have suffered lack of success by fishermen seeking walleyes. Kill cormorants was the favored solution on those two lakes. Would fishermen be suggesting that we kill the loons?
Late each fall Mille Lacs is host to hundreds, a thousand or more Common Loons as they flock for migration. They’ll be arriving soon. They eat fish.