The management practice need to be completely CHANGED.
Most of the data that I observed was “average”, nothing to be alarmed about in my opinion.
Using Data that is not accurate (+/- 30%) and applying it to the Treaty Fisheries Management approach that requires accuracy falls into the definition of insanity.
The DNR can only manage anglers, they have no control on how the lake cycles, never have and never will. the history clearly shows an ecosystem that ebbs and flows, goes up and down, has good decades and bad years, Yet she fixes herself over and over. For instance the TULIBEE have made a miraculous recovery, there are 3 year classes that apparently knew the trick to get around “Global climate warming changeup” or whatever its called this month. How did that happen?
Many eyes are wide OPEN going into this new advisory group. This will not become an INSERT group as the last one became over the last 5 years.
The first meeting was simply to lay out the intended ground rules for the group, all of which in my opinion is simply a directive to keep order. The course the group takes will be dependent on information that is or is not provided by the DNR, but also what we hear from the general public and what the group itself puts on the agenda. EVERYTHING will be on the table this time EVERYTHING!!
MLFAC meeting #2
Rebuilding the trust with the DNR.
I wont say our second meeting was a waste of time, but for the most part it was just that.
#1 DE’JAVU was felt once the DNR put the “BOX” of 3 choices of regulations on the power point screen. I saw this coming and had made up my mind to protest the voting process for the time being and force the DNR to make the choice and thus receive the GLORY from the Press. They in no way can say that the MLFAC made the recommendation, we clearly put the decision in their hands. Basically it was a 1 fish bag from either 18″-20″ or 19″-21″ both of which they claim will keep us under the 5000# cap for the winter. Who the Hell came up with this 5000# cap? we will never know.
#2 No one from the MLFAC was allowed to attend the DNR/TRIBAL technical meeting as promised by them. We “the old adv group” have asked for this for 10 yrs and had smoke blown in our rears. Now the smoke is blowing again, something about COURT WORDING that does not allow it. ???????? Who is driving this boat of Management?
#3 The Northern pike reg was handled the same way, little to no info provided and looking for us to make a decision to keep the status quo or something else, we again chose to let the DNR take the credit for whatever regulation they come up with. More glory from the press for them.
#4 We did have some constructive conversation among the group and came up with a list of future topics. On this list is TFM, TREATY FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. The management system that we all live and die by on Mille Lacs. All of this mess I can directly blame the TFM system. It is impossible to come up with a topic on the lake that is not directly related to and affected by TFM, and rarely is it a positive outcome. We got it on the discussion board for a future meeting, to dissect it, evaluate it, enhance it, remove it entirely, those choices are all on the table for the group to recommend to the DNR. Now that I will be happy to get blamed for.
#5 We asked that the DNR to stop the negative “false 30yr low” press releases, we are well pst any 30 yr low, they cant seem to tell the truth very often.
#6 We all agreed for the “closure” clause be removed and C&R used in its place. To have them hang a “closure” clause over our heads is RIDICULOUS during a season of zero mortality on walleyes.
#7 The meeting went late…who cares…they seemed more concerned about the timing than the subject matter.