DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2014Night fishing on Mille Lacs Lake opens July 21Mille Lacs Lake anglers may fish at night beginning Monday, July 21 at 10 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“We’re pleased we can open the lake to night fishing,” said Brad Parsons, central region fisheries manager for the DNR. “Evening and night launches can resume operation, and boats can travel and fish at night. In addition to walleye, anglers can again seek muskellunge and bow fish during prime nighttime hours.”
In past years, the Mille Lacs Lake night closure, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., began the Monday after the May opener and continued through mid-June. This year’s regulations extended the closure to Dec. 1 to help ensure state-licensed anglers did not catch more walleye than the lake’s safe harvest limit allowed. If that limit was reached, anglers would have had to release all walleye instead of being allowed to keep two. The possession limit is two fish 18- to 20-inches. One fish may be longer than 28 inches.
“So far, anglers have caught about 10,000 pounds of walleye,” Parsons said. “That number will increase once night fishing resumes, but catch rates have been low enough to alleviate concerns that anglers will catch more than the 42,900 pounds of walleye the harvest limit allows.”
Anglers have caught fewer walleye because walleye are feeding on an abundance of perch in Mille Lacs this year and reduced fishing pressure. Cool temperatures and rain have kept the water temperatures down, which lowers mortality of released fish. Fish are more likely to die after being released in warmer water even if properly handled.
“The DNR is not removing the night closure because Mille Lacs Lake has recovered,” said Don Pereira, DNR fisheries section chief. “More young walleye still need to survive their first year and keep growing from year to year into larger walleye. Conditions this year combined for a slow bite, allowing DNR to re-open an activity that helps the Mille Lacs area economy and is a tradition among many fishing families.”
For more information, visit the Mille Lacs Lake Web page at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake. People interested in receiving email updates about Mille Lacs Lake can subscribe to the Hooked On Mille Lacs Update list at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslakenews.
Wait! Is that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources" alarm clock going off?
getting close........soon very soon!
Bob (Bobber) Carlson
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Why are the nets still targeting the males?
Mille Lacs Lake. Gillnetting in Mille Lacs Lake is allowed year around. Only subsistence netting may occur from March 2 - May 31. Subsistence nets during this and other times may be up to 100 feet in length and 4 feet deep. The allowable mesh sizes (bar) for subsistence nets during this and other times are 1.25 to 1.75 inches. From June 1 - March 1 both subsistence and commercial netting may be authorized. If authorized by your tribe, allowable mesh sizes (bar) for commercial nets are the same as for subsistence nets (i.e. 1.25 to 1.75 inches); however, commercial nets may be up to 300 feet in length and six feet in depth. All nets must comply with lifting, marking, and safety requirements. For gill-nets targeted at tullibee, only 1.75 inch mesh (bar) is authorized.
This year’s walleye allocations are the lowest since cooperative treaty management began for the lake in 1997, according to the DNR’s press release, and that they “reflect biologists’ deep concern about the lake’s recent inability to produce large crops of young walleyes, despite adequate spawning stock and excellent production of young-of-the-year, fingerling-sized fish. The lake has not produced a strong year-class of walleyes since 2008.”
Oh, yeah, and by the way, they can still net the lake all they want.
Red Lake all over again.............
Well, here it is folks: the moment we've been talking about for 15 years.
BY TOM DAVIS
It had to come as a shock when biologists for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conceded recently that there’s a real possibility, in the near if not immediate future, of Mille Lacs being designated catch-and-release only for walleyes. That’s right: No more “release to the grease,” no more golden-brown fillets sizzling merrily in the cast-iron skillet, no more of that incomparably sweet, white, flaky flesh melting in rapturously appreciative mouths.
With more than 200 square miles of surface area, but a maximum depth of only 40-some feet, Minnesota’s Lake Mille Lacs is one of the world’s great walleye fisheries. Perhaps only Lake of the Woods, spilling across both sides of the Minnesota-Ontario border, enjoys the same legendary status among devotees of “old marble-eyes.” Anglers flock to Mille Lacs by the thousands, not only in summer and fall but in winter as well, generating millions of dollars for the local economy.
Photo Courtesy Chuck Wechsler.
In addition to being one of the most popular walleye fisheries in North America, Mille Lacs is one of the most intensively managed. Slot limits, designed to protect the core of the breeding population and give more fish a chance to attain trophy size, have been in place there for decades, creating a regulatory model widely emulated elsewhere.
So it had to come as a shock when biologists for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conceded recently that there’s a real possibility, in the near if not immediate future, of Mille Lacs being designated catch-and-release only for walleyes. That’s right: No more “release to the grease,” no more golden-brown fillets sizzling merrily in the cast-iron skillet, no more of that incomparably sweet, white, flaky flesh melting in rapturously appreciative mouths.
There’s more than one problem affecting the fishery (as there usually is), but the bottom line is that Mille Lacs’ walleye population is declining. The harvest quota, established in cooperation with Chippewa tribal authorities, has been slashed in response. But because mortality of released walleyes is factored into the formula – and because fishing pressure remains high – the allowable sport harvest is being squeezed between the rock of the quota cap and the hard place of the estimated mortality. According to outdoors writer Doug Smith of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, once the 2013 ice-fishing season closes and the open water season begins, the allowable walleye sport harvest could be as little as 29,000 pounds.
For the sake of comparison, the sport harvest of Mille Lacs walleyes in 2012 was 310,000pounds.
Minnesota DNR officials are looking at ways to reduce the mortality of released walleyes, or as one biologist puts it, “to convert that hooking mortality to harvest.” Requiring the use of barbless hooks, restricting (or even eliminating) the use of live bait, and doing a better job educating anglers on proper release techniques are all on the table – but the specter of a catch-and-release only fishery, which would undoubtedly create significant economic fallout, is beginning to darken the door.
As Tom Jones of the Minnesota DNR told the Star-Tribune, “We are in a pickle. Whatever we come up with, people aren’t going to like.”
Thanks for the important update, Fishnpole.
WTG. We MUST succeed in this case. The Lake is counting on us!
Our current donation total is around $52,000. Our website has not been updated due to vacations/holidays etc.
The money collected will start the process, more money may be needed as we continue down this road to finally not allow tribal gill netting done during the spawning time frame. The process starts by taking our MnDNR to court.
Lake Mille Lacs, in no uncertain terms, needs to be managed based on general, basic biology based fishery management practiced throughout Minnesota. Not fishery management based on accommodating Tribal harvest rights that exceeds the lakes ability to sustain modern day historical walleye population numbers. Gill-netting walleyes is not an acceptable modern day form of walleye harvest. Gill-netting Lake Mille Lacs walleyes by anyone should not be allowed and banning gill-nets as a form of walleye harvest should surely be part of the solution, no matter the time of the year but especially during the spawning season.* from our website
There's a "serious problem" with Minnesota's most popular fish on one of the state's most popular lakes.
Amid that backdrop, the Department of Natural Resources announced new walleye regulations for Lake Mille Lacs on Tuesday, March 19, scrunching the size of fish that anglers can keep and crunching the bag limit to two per day.
Starting with the May 11 walleye opener, anglers will be allowed to keep two fish between 18 and 20 inches, or one fish in that slot and one longer than 28 inches. Last season, anglers could keep four fish daily shorter than 17 inches or three under 17 inches and one over 28 inches.
The new regulations, as well as looser rules for keeping northern pike and smallmouth bass, are designed to boost the lake's famed walleye population, especially younger walleye, whose numbers have been declining.
"We have a serious problem on Mille Lacs," said Dirk Peterson, the DNR's fisheries chief. Fall gillnet surveys estimated the lake's walleye population at its lowest in the 40 years the current survey method has been used.
The lake's naturally reproducing walleye population is still robust enough to sustain itself, Peterson and DNR biologists said, but the lake needs more "small fish-friendly" regulations to allow the future of the fishery to come along.
That won't happen in one season.
"We hope to see some turning of the corner in the next two to three years," Peterson said. Biologists have eschewed the notion that the lake is biologically "out of balance," as many resort owners and guides have asserted. Instead, officials say, the fishery is out of kilter with the expectations of many fishermen.
Mille Lacs of late has become known for producing only large walleye, which last summer frustrated many anglers hoping to bring home a live-well full of smaller fish for the frying pan. (Under last season's rules, those larger fish often were too big to keep.)
The lake also has become home to large smallmouth bass and hefty northern pike, both populations likely the result, in part, of protective length and bag limits. Too many large predator fish of any kind is a concern because each large fish needs more food to survive -- food that won't be available to smaller fish. And those large fish can eat the smaller fish.
In an effort to moderate the number of large pike and smallmouth bass, the DNR is loosening those rules.
Anglers will be allowed to keep up to six smallmouth bass under 17 inches daily, or five under 17 inches and one over 21 inches. Last season, only one fish longer than 21 inches could be kept. In other words, what had been a trophy-only management regime is now set up with an eye toward a dinner table perhaps bereft of walleye.
The daily limit
Creating a narrow walleye harvest slot isn't unprecedented on the lake, but the "safe harvest level" -- the total tonnage of walleyes killed that the massive lake can handle -- has been set at 250,000 for the 2013-14 season. That's half last season's level and the lowest level since 1997, when treaty management between the state and American Indian tribes began.
Members of Chippewa Bands whose descendants signed on to an 1837 treaty retain court-upheld rights to fish Mille Lacs outside the jurisdiction of the state of Minnesota. They include the Fond du Lac and Mille Lacs bands in Minnesota and six Wisconsin bands.
The most controversial of their practices is to net walleyes in the spring, as the fish are spawning. During the tribal-regulated season of two to three weeks, young male walleyes, which linger around spawning areas, are heavily fished.
Tribal netting alone doesn't explain the falling numbers of small fish in the lake, but there is a movement within Indian groups to reduce the number of small fish taken, said Charlie Rasmussen, spokesman for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
"What the tribes are looking to do is encourage more spearing than in the past," Rasmussen said. "A vast majority of the harvest has been by nets, and tribal biologists have looked to see spearing making up a larger percentage."
Spearing is more selective than netting, and as a way to remove more larger fish, tribal officials are removing the maximum size limit on walleyes that can be speared, he said.
Currently, there is no plan to change netting practices. "That's a consideration for tribal managers to consider in the future," Rasmussen said.
Peterson said the DNR has "had conversations" with tribal officials over netting, but he said the agency did not directly ask that the practice cease during closed-door discussions earlier this winter to set the safe harvest levels.
Levels for this year are 178,750 pounds of walleyes for non-tribal members and 71,250 for tribal members. Rasmussen noted the bands could have claimed more.
"The long-term health of the lake is front and center," he said. "The bands and the state both share that concern and are taking measures to reduce mortality of younger fish."
The fundamental problem of the walleye fishery appears to be that too few young walleye are surviving to adulthood. Biologists from the DNR and GLIFWC say they don't know all the causes, although they suspect several might be at work. Changes in the forage and effects of invasive species are among the possibilities.
Both the state and tribes are planning a number of studies.
Dave Orrick can be reached at 651-228-5512. Follow him at twitter.com/OutdoorsNow.
MCallies wrote:Malmo Mike has made a good donation. I hope we can have some success. We are right but it costs money to make this work due to the past ridiculous rulings.Come walleye. MM
Malmo Mike has made a good donation. I hope we can have some success. We are right but it costs money to make this work due to the past ridiculous rulings.
Come walleye. MM
Good job Mike!! I just bumped my $$ amount up too.
THE WORLD DOESN'T REVOLVE AROUND YOU AND YOUR BUDDIES, BRUNO.
You are an insignificant speck in our universe.
damn, I wish I could get away with racial comments on this page
It was his 1st and 2nd post, he is just trying to get a rise out of people that care - Most likely does not care himself
He knows truly where his thumbs are firmly placed
bsenna wrote:I have an idea.... How about you people stop thinking you own everything.
I have an idea.... How about you people stop thinking you own everything.
I am not sure where your anger comes from or where you are trying to take this argument, and frankly it is not by business. My only point is anyone that thinks it is OK to treat one American citizen differently than another American citizen is a moron, plain and simple!!
bsenna wrote:See what I'm talking about, immaturity. I have another idea. If you don't like it leave. I'll pick the thumb... Head out.
See what I'm talking about, immaturity. I have another idea. If you don't like it leave. I'll pick the thumb... Head out.
I just don't know where to start, Bruno, but it's good to see you've actually had TWO ideas in a row, today!
Glad to hear that you had an idea, there, Bruno.
When you say, "you people", are you referring to the sport fishing community that are fishing for scraps left over after the DNR/GLIFWC decimation of our harvest due to the accommodating regulations designed to perpetuate the continued gillnetting of our spawning walleye population?
Pick a finger...................
Gill-nets are stretched from Doc's Resort all the way west to the Wealthwood access this morning--from last night."targeting perch" with the same mesh size. LOLhttp://www.savemillelacssportfishing.org/donate
So much for no netting after the opener! Gill-nets in the NW side of the lake last night filled many tubs full of all sizes of walleyes. This group was from "Bad River" WI., picking nets around 10 am. today and loading them at the south Garrison access. http://www.savemillelacssportfishing.org/donateThis will not go to court until it is funded!
One of the fish house owners at Red Door was shore fishing and had their lighted bobber lines cut off by a spearing boat. Amazing...it needs to end!http://www.savemillelacssportfishing.org/donate
Lots of spears flying last night on the north end. I watched one boat come in with the bottom of the boat covered with speared walleyes. All sizes...http://www.savemillelacssportfishing.org/donate
MCallies wrote:The netters were in front of our Malmo Bay homes late last night with flood lights from 11:00PM until well after midnight. It was hard to say how many fish were taken in their nets and there were no DNR officers monitoring it at 12:30AM I can assure you of that.It is heartbreaking to see them using flood lights near Castaways marina to scour for the walleyes.It is as ugly as it gets. Yup--I saw the remains of the fish at the access this morning...It amazes me that most, not all, locals sit back and watch this and hate it but won't support any effort that is in place to end it. It is embarrassing to know 95 percent or more of the locals won't put a nickel into helping the few of us that are trying to end this and fix the lake--as they continue to bitch about it. $25 bucks (or more if one can afford it) too much to put toward this?http://www.savemillelacssportfishing.org/donate
The netters were in front of our Malmo Bay homes late last night with flood lights from 11:00PM until well after midnight. It was hard to say how many fish were taken in their nets and there were no DNR officers monitoring it at 12:30AM I can assure you of that.
It is heartbreaking to see them using flood lights near Castaways marina to scour for the walleyes.
It is as ugly as it gets.
Yup--I saw the remains of the fish at the access this morning...
It amazes me that most, not all, locals sit back and watch this and hate it but won't support any effort that is in place to end it. It is embarrassing to know 95 percent or more of the locals won't put a nickel into helping the few of us that are trying to end this and fix the lake--as they continue to bitch about it.
$25 bucks (or more if one can afford it) too much to put toward this?
-- Edited by Steve Fellegy on Friday 10th of May 2013 10:29:21 AM
Steve Fellegy wrote:GLIFWC trucks (U.S. Government plates) are on the scene today. I suspect they are going to net whatever open water they can find. Malmo is the most open now. North Garrison has some open water too. See what happens tonight...Mille Lacs Band has netted about 1500 lbs. so far.
GLIFWC trucks (U.S. Government plates) are on the scene today. I suspect they are going to net whatever open water they can find. Malmo is the most open now. North Garrison has some open water too. See what happens tonight...Mille Lacs Band has netted about 1500 lbs. so far.
The Malmo access had Tribal harvest boats out from it last night.
I've heard that they have been netting in the creeks and any open water areas.
Is there any particular area of the lake that they are netting and spearing? Thanks
They have been spearing and doing some under the ice netting
OK.. This might be a stupid question but how are they already harvesting fish from Mille Lacs?As of last week, 119 pounds of walleyes were reported in the tribal harvest, and 46 pounds of northern pike.
This report seems to end the speculation regarding the "if" the netters will be on lake the after the Opener.http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/205898131.htmlHere is your chance to help--- and be a part of making a difference. Nothing can or will be done until this effort is funded.www.savemillelacssportfishing.org
Nice picture of another "blue eyed pale skin" native..... shame has no ethnic boundaries
BTW... you can tell he just got his "warrior" haircut, so he can embrace his heritage for the week, while netting walleyes.....
To get ready for the big, long winter, people would tan deer hides and work on clothing in the summer. Men did a lot of hunting and fishing. As I said, they hunted small game, like raccoons and ducks. When they fished, they knew how to make nets that were just big enough to catch what they needed, rather than catch large quantities that would spoil.
They were good conservationists – they didn’t waste anything. When they caught fish, they didn’t just take the fish out and eat them. If they saw that a fish was female, they would squeeze the eggs out and deposit them back into the lake. If they killed a turtle for food, they used the shell for storage or as a plate.
This was copied from the Band Website under there summertime rituals (a couple paragraphs of the story) - I'm thinking they use bigger nets now to sell or waste/spoil, and i'd be damned to see them run back to the water to squeeze the eggs out, if they catch females
What happened here, not to conservitive anymore
I like this part..................
"So at the latest meeting, questions were asked. "It doesn't seem fair" Terry McQuiod asked. Ed Boggess, director of Mn. DNR fish and wildlfe, said "the fairness issue doesn't really regard us. The fairness issue is for the federal courts and they've already ruled on that. If it is a CONSERVATION issue, then it concerns us." "
That was in 2011. Pierrera says this year: "The argument this time around would be “fundamentally different,” Pereira said, in that it would be based strictly on conservation concerns."
WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO DO THEIR JOB?????????
I wrote this article two years ago in the StarTribune. The "now" has even more meaning than back then. There is no choice! "NOW"!
See, the whole matter boils down to this:
US Supreme Court findings(1999). But this Court's cases have also recognized that Indian treaty-based usufructuary rights do not guarantee the Indians "absolute freedom" from state regulation. Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife v. Klamath 205*205 Tribe, 473 U. S., at 765, n. 16. We have repeatedly reaffirmed state authority to impose reasonable and necessary nondiscriminatory regulations on Indian hunting, fishing, and gathering rights in the interest of conservation. See Puyallup Tribe v. Department of Game of Wash., 391 U. S. 392, 398 (1968); Washington v. Washington State Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel Assn., 443 U. S., at 682; Antoine v. Washington, supra, at 207-208. This "conservation necessity" standard accommodates both the State's interest in management of its natural resources
And the state's findings are THIS
Last week, upon review of a fish management/harvest plan submitted by eight Chippewa bands that net walleyes from Mille Lacs, the DNR responded with a letter expressing concerns that “center on conservation and affect the management of fish populations in Mille Lacs.” Matters of conservation are grounds for seeking management changes, per the court ruling that affects Mille Lacs management.
DNR officials believe recent data collected from fish assessments could lead to drastic measures, possibly “a major overhaul in how we’re managing the system,” according to Don Pereira, DNR fisheries research and policy manager.
.State officials say the bands’ minimum allocation – under a proposed 5-year plan – “would greatly exceed 50 percent of the total male harvestable surplus, and possibly even exceed the entire male harvestable surplus.”
Besides the fact that spring tribal gill nets tend to target male walleyes that arrive early in shallow water, protective slots in place for the past several years also force state-licensed anglers to keep smaller fish, as well. Pereira says there’s “emerging information” regarding the effects of a protective slot, coming from other large lakes, though exploitation of young male walleyes is “nowhere near the level it is on Mille Lacs.”
Should the tribes not agree that changes are necessary, it’s possible the matter could go to mediation, something that hasn’t happened in a decade.
The argument this time around would be “fundamentally different,” Pereira said, in that it would be based strictly on conservation concerns.
Charlie Rasmussen, a spokesperson for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, said officials with the commission recently had received the notice from the Minnesota DNR, and were reviewing the information.
“Like any management plan, we’ll make the best decision for the sustainability of the resource on Mille Lacs,” he said.
They know what they need to do and shut down the netting, they just won't do their JOB!
PERM went after treaty rights.....SMLSF is going after the MnDNR for mis-managing our resource.
OK took a while but made a donation today - Hope it helps out and we can get something done
Sounds pretty grim, Bud Grant said in the vid that they had 1.5mil the 1st round in the 90's - Going to need alot of donations to get that type of ammo for the fight
Goal this time around is 50 g's - Why the large diffrence?
Would you like to help preserve the tradition of sport fishing on Mille Lacs? Many of our lawmakers still believe that there is no problem here. We need to show our lawmakers that our group of sports anglers here aren't just a "handful of malcontents"
You can become a supporting member for as little as $25 and you can write or call your congressman or senator at: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Together we will make a difference.
Based on DNR info supplied in recent weeks-looking forward:
--approx. 1 million pounds of adult walleyes in the lake now
--average size about 3 lb.s
--equates to around 350-400,000 adult walleyes in the lake now
--no good year classes left from ‘09, ‘10, ‘11 and ‘12. ( based on whatever guesses/studies one might take---will the ‘13 hatch be around next year or 4-5 years from now to be at least 15-16” long?—no sound reason to believe that with all the big fish still there)
--conservative estimates of harvest for 2013 and beyond for the next 5 years (unless regs change) is as follows:
1. Tribal harvest at 40K lbs. per year at an average of 2lbs per fish = 20K walleyes
Based on actual info from the Mn. DNR in recent weeks, THAT is reality unless changes are put in place asap....and is NOT debatable based on present plans that are in place for 2013. That is using the “if’ the tribe and sport anglers don’t reach quota’s or beyond. If they/we do...the years you have fish left shrink.
Is the above equation wrong? I hope so....but it seems hard to not believe, right? Time to act now or wait and see if it is right?
-- Edited by Steve Fellegy on Tuesday 26th of March 2013 12:10:08 PM
-- Edited by Steve Fellegy on Tuesday 26th of March 2013 12:13:38 PM
3 words " it's the nets"
WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
Here's what was SUPPOSED to happen with Mille Lacs this year..........................
I finally got around to making a donation also!
Add my name to the list. Just donated!
Made my donation today!
I made a double donation this past Wednesday, an error message on my first attempt prompted me to try again resulting in the double up. I found it this morning when I checked my account. Was it operator error on my part or has anyone else had the same experience?
Bill Eno of Twin Pines Resort from a Brainerd Dispatch interview:
Mille Lacs group raising money to fight gill-netting
Posted: March 21, 2013 - 9:08pm
An organization named Save Mille Lacs Sport Fishing this week debuted a website and announced plans to raise money for a legal challenge to gill-netting during spawning season on Mille Lacs Lake.
Bill Eno, owner of Twin Pines Resort, said Thursday the group hopes to raise $50,000 to use for legal efforts to compel the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to not allow gill-netting during the two- or three-week spawning period.
The organization’s efforts come on the heels of the DNR’s announcement of tighter restrictions on the walleye harvest on the popular central Minnesota fishing destination.
A spokesman at an Aitkin office of the DNR declined to comment and referred inquiries to Dirk Peterson, DNR fisheries section chief. Peterson could not be reached Thursday afternoon.
Sport anglers on Mille Lacs will be allowed to keep only two walleyes this season and only if they fall within a narrow range size, the DNR announced this week. The restrictions were made, DNR officials said, because of low walleye populations. The Associated Press reported that DNR officials and the eight Ojibwe Indian bands with treaty rights on the lake agreed in January to cut the maximum allowable walleye harvest in half to 250,000 pounds after a netting survey indicated the walleye population was at a 40-year low.
Eno said he believes the DNR has the authority and should be compelled to stop gill-netting during the spawning period.
“No other place in the U.S. allows gill-netting during the spawn,” Eno said.
The organization’s website is www.savemillelacssportfishing.org."
-- Edited by fishnpole on Sunday 24th of March 2013 10:16:37 AM
NortEnder wrote:Steve, I checked the link out and assume this is what we have been waiting for. Now with that said is there a plam to document or update donors on the status or use of the donations? That would really give this a nice transparency and a sense of accomplishment for those of us planning on supporting. No doubt, we will have an email group sending out updates and posting them on the website. As time goes along, we will gladly answer any questions in that regard. ALL funds are going to the legal fund over and above credit card company and banking costs. ZERO $$ are going anywhere or to anyone else but to SAVE MILLE LACS SPORT FISHING legal effort costs.
Steve, I checked the link out and assume this is what we have been waiting for. Now with that said is there a plam to document or update donors on the status or use of the donations? That would really give this a nice transparency and a sense of accomplishment for those of us planning on supporting.
No doubt, we will have an email group sending out updates and posting them on the website. As time goes along, we will gladly answer any questions in that regard. ALL funds are going to the legal fund over and above credit card company and banking costs. ZERO $$ are going anywhere or to anyone else but to SAVE MILLE LACS SPORT FISHING legal effort costs.
Although in this economy on our lake is worsening, it's high time we put our money where our mouth is.
I just became a supporting member.
Legal costs are going to be enormous to get this horrible decision of our MN DNR to not suspend gill netting during the protected spring spawning period. We're going to have to all pull together to get something done to save the lake we love to fish.