Opinions, facts and rambling..
I have been reading some of the comments from the media outlets about the Mille lacs situation. It amazes me how much mis-information is out there, and the ability for the Mis-informed to react with such negativity. The ability to hide behind the anonymity of the internet only makes it worse.
The system and practices in place and utilized for the last 4 decades were developed to assess the HEALTH of a fishery, not the EXACT population. Yet the DNR continues to jam that square peg in the round hole.
There are so many directions that this topic takes in any conversation it borders on insanity. Believe me when I say I’ve heard it all and some more than enough.
This is the only topic the DNR gives a definite answer, NO it does not impact the lake. This answer is always based on one thing ” recruitment” of YOY walleye.
Creel survey and mortality:
Both of these exist because of Treaty Fisheries Management. The creel survey should be used to gather data for the health of a fishery, not a harvest guess. The mortality rate is based on 1 study that was implemented because the old study done elsewhere was considered “unreliable”. Apparently the current study and data is perfect until proven wrong by the next study.
– Try as we might, we will never influence the cyclical nature of Mille lacs. She will always react in the correct way and fix herself.
– A new system of population estimate needs to be developed, if it can’t be done, then it cant be done. Stick to looking at the health of the fishery.
Everything needs to be put on the table on this subject. There are NO FACTS on any level, only assumptions, accusations, etc.
I would like to see some research on how it has affected specific areas and reefs. I have the hypothesis that too many genetically superior males could be removed from their “home” reef leaving the weak males to take “or not take”their place. This would cause a chain reaction on the survival rate of weak inferior YOY.
The data on the population of Mille lacs is wrong, more fish exist in the lake than any of the data shows. Ask the launch drivers and guides and regular anglers of the lake. They have been wrong before, why would I think they are correct this time.
Mille lacs resorts are employers of the families of the area, my business alone helps to support up to 10 families.
THIS IS A BIG DEAL !!