July 09, 2017 10:46 AM
Gov. Mark Dayton has canceled a meeting with business owners near Mille Lacs Lake after he was greeted by protesters who oppose how the state manages the lake's struggling walleye population.
The Star Tribune reports Dayton was with a small group fishing for bass as an alternative to walleyes on Mille Lacs Saturday when about 75 protesters in boats encircled him to protest a temporary ban on walleye fishing.
Walleye fishing — even catch and release — is prohibited on the big lake for the next three weeks. The DNR is trying to protect the lake's walleyes from hooking mortality, the problem of fish dying after they're released.
Dayton said he respects the protesters' frustration, but he defended the ban as a way of preserving the walleye population.
Updated: July 09, 2017 10:46 AM
Created: July 08, 2017 06:32 PM
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