Walleye harvest from Mille Lacs Lake to be slashed

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:59:14 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 28 2013 03:22:27 PM CST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

State and tribal officials have agreed to slash the maximum allowable walleye harvest from one of Minnesota's most popular fisheries, Mille Lacs Lake.

Sue Erickson, spokeswoman for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, said Monday that fisheries officials last week agreed to cut the maximum to 250,000 pounds, down from 500,000 pounds last year. The quota will be cut in half for both sport and tribal anglers. Sport anglers will be allocated 178,750 pounds while bands with treaty rights will get 72,250 pounds.

Key details remain to be resolved.

Erickson says this is the first time the tribes have agreed to cut their walleye allocation. She says they recognize the big lake is not producing as it should, and they hope upcoming studies provide some answers on why.