3-year Walleye Deal on Mille Lacs Angers Some Resort Owners

August 28, 2017 11:17 PM

A three-year deal to manage Walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs signed by the state Department of Natural Resources and Ojibwe tribal bands last March has upset some resort owners who say they weren't clued in to negotiations.

Dean Hanson, the cochair of the Mille Lacs Fishing Advisory Committee, said his group was not informed about the deal he said was "done behind our backs with little input."

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"We were established as a committee two years ago as a consortium of business owners, outdoorsmen and resort owners who would have a seat at the table in good faith with the DNR and tribes, but this deal destroys our trust," Hanson said.

The agreement covers 2018, 2019 and 2020 Walleye harvest numbers, and uses the 2017 formula to calculate how many Walleye can be taken out of the lake each year, Hanson said.

"But we have no idea what those numbers will be because you have to use year-end harvest data to set the next year's harvest limits, and that is no way for us to do business," Hanson said.

The DNR declined to comment; Gov. Mark Dayton's office referred KSTP to the DNR for comment.

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