Tribal and state biologists have agreed on quotas for the 2002 fishing season on Mille Lacs. The committee met Jan. 16-17 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Center in Minneapolis.
The recommendations for 2002 are 400,000 pounds of walleye, 270,000 pounds of yellow perch, 23,000 pounds of northern pike, 24,000 pounds of tullibee and 28,000 pounds of burbot.
Based on the first five-year management plan for the treaty fishery on Mille Lacs, the tribal quota is 100,000 pounds of walleye to be allocated among eight Ojibwe bands. Thus, the sport fishing allocation is 300,000 pounds, 10,000 pounds less than last year.
Next week the DNR and Mille Lacs Fisheries Input Group will decide how the open-water season (harvest slots, etc.) will be regulated.
"The 2002 quotas offer a reasonable opportunity for sport and subsistence fishing alike, while also protecting the fishery," said Ron Payer, DNR fisheries division director. "Calculations are based on sound data and sound fish modeling techniques. The expectations are that both the state and bands will regulate their harvest to stay within their respective allocations."
The abundance of tullibee, important forage for walleyes, was discussed as well as northern pike harvest levels. Both need further research and consideration, the committee said.
Tribal and state fishery managers continue to work on the shared treaty fishery in Minnesota. Plans are underway for a three-year, joint tagging study of Mille Lacs Lake walleye, commencing this spring.
Fergus Falls gun show coming up
FERGUS FALLS -- The fourth annual Fergus Falls Winter Gun Show is scheduled for Feb. 9-10 at the Fergus Falls Minnesota National Guard Armory.
Dealers from a five-state area will display a wide variety of new, used, modern and antique firearms as well as accessories, ammunition, parts, reloading supplies, firearm related collectibles and gun safes.
The public is invited to browse, buy, sell and trade. Persons who have a firearm they would like information on (age, value, etc.) are encouraged to bring it along. Many dealers with a variety of expertise will be on hand.
2001 bear harvest near record
Minnesota hunters took 4,945 bears during the 2001 season, nearly equal to the record harvest of 4,956 in 1995.
"Even though our preseason harvest goal was 6,000, we're very pleased with these results," Steve Merchant, DNR forest wildlife program leader said. "We didn't expect to reach the 6,000 harvest objective unless the natural food supply was really poor."
During the 2001 season, 463 hunters, or 10 percent of those who were successful, took two bears. Of the 16,500 hunters who had licenses, 27 percent were successful, matching the average success rate for the past 10 years.
The 2002 bear season opening date will be announced by March 1. Additional details and application instructions for bear hunting quota area licenses will be available by April 1. The application deadline is May 3.
DNR names TIP officer of the year
Conservation Officer Dennis Lang has been named the Turn in Poachers (TIP) 2001 "Joe Alexander" Conservation Officer of the Year.
TIP is a private, nonprofit organization that accomplishes its mission of protecting and preserving Minnesota's natural resources by providing education materials and by funding rewards paid directly to citizens who call in tips that lead to arrests of game law violators. The Joe Alexander award is presented to the conservation officer annually who best represents the mission of TIP during the performance of duties. The award is named in honor of past conservation officer and DNR Commissioner Joe Alexander.
A conservation officer since 1980, Lang has been stationed in Perham since 1997 after spending most of his career in McGregor. In 1992, he was named the DNR Boat & Water Safety Officer of the Year for his enforcement efforts relating to Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) laws, boating safety inspections, and educational efforts on Big Sandy and surrounding lakes.
Despite economic uncertainty, boat sellers optimistic
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Despite uncertainty in the broader economy, boat sellers were confident they would find plenty of buyers at the Minneapolis Boat Show, one of the state's largest, this weekend.
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the show. More than 200 exhibitors will be showing new boats, other watercraft, gear and accessories.
Anglers reminded to identify their fish houses
Ice anglers are reminded that all shelters, including portables, must have the complete name and address or driver's license number of the owner plainly and legibly displayed on the outside in letters and figures at least 3 inches in height.
"We seem to be running into more folks fishing from portable shelters that are not marked with name/address or the driver's license option," said Lt. Ken Soring, DNR enforcement district supervisor in Grand Rapids. "It's a concern I'm hearing from conservation officers across the state."
Dark houses, fish houses, and portable shelters placed on the ice for shelter while fishing must be licensed, except that a license is not required on border waters with Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota. A durable tag, furnished with the license, must be attached to the exterior side of the door not more than 6 inches below the top of the door. On structures with openings other than doors, the tag must be attached to the material to the right of the opening when facing the structure, no more than 6 inches below the top of the opening.
Portable dark houses, fish houses, and shelters may be used for fishing within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), but must be removed from the ice each night. The structure must be removed from the BWCA each time the occupant leaves the BWCA.
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