Loopy wrote: Patiently waiting for this one to blow up real fast with the obvious question..............
doesn't the last sentence answer the obvious question you ask?
"Many anglers and businesses have been unhappy with the tight restrictions because they say walleye fishing is what drives people to Mille Lacs. However, the tribes say it's necessary to protect the declining walleye population"Quote:
The real question which the article does not cover is poundage. How many pounds are allowed for each side. I saw this coming from last year when we broke our agreement with the tribe. Not wanting to turn this into a netting discussion and having it get locked but it is hard not to. I will wait to see the poundage allotment before I pass to much judgement. This however does not surprise me at all. I guess I will be able to fish without to many worries of fisherman crowding in on me.
Does anyone know about the forage situation in the lake? Based on the way folks have been catching them through the ice makes me think that forage populations are somewhat down relative to the huge 12-15" walleye population.
If this population eats themselves out of the lake, will turn to fingerlings next? It seems like it would be smart to get some of these little guys into people's freezers to take pressure off of that narrow band of forage.
As one that fished 3 days every week all winter season & caught so many nice fat walleyes from 13 to 26" I am surprised at this report. I caught one slot walleye all winter & am not kidding when I say I caught more fish this season than during any recent season. I would really appreciate the DNR telling us what they think is going on because I don't get it. The one thing that did concern me was how few small walleyes I caught.