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Tribe votes to take more walleyes; pact could mean 2 fish for anglers PDF Print E-mail


By Gary Ridderbusch

News-Review Editor


The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has voted to change its spearfishing agreement with the state that will likely reduce the walleye daily bag limit for anglers from three fish to two fish.

Tribal officials said members voted 69-68 last Thursday to take more fish during the spring spearfishing season, thereby reducing the angler harvest in the ceded territory of northern Wisconsin.

The vote will change an agreement the tribe has had with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for the last 15 years to maintain the three-fish daily bag limit for sport anglers — something that tourism officials said is vital to the North Woods economy.

Tribal members

hope to take an extra 9,000 fish due to the agreement change.


Tribal officials note that the spearfishers do not always take as many fish as they declare, most often the result of weather and spring spawning conditions for walleyes. When the quota is not reached, angler bag limits on individual lakes may be adjusted based on the percentage of the safe harvest taken through spearing and angling.

While the Lac du Flambeau Tribe has annually reached an agreement with the state for a three-fish walleye bag limit, the past two years the Lac du Flambeau Tribe was allowed through the pact to name about a dozen  lakes for a two-fish bag limit, including 10 lakes in 2011 and 14 lakes in 2012.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:59 PM
Last Updated on Friday, March 15, 2013 1:28 PM


+3 #3 2013-03-15 03:06
We stopped going to thier casino years ago due to this issue. Hopefully many more will also avoid giving them your extra cash. My cousin fishes the flambeau chain and keeps a couple of walleye in his livewell and releases them in lake near Sayner. They won't spear the reservation lakes so anything is fair play.
+4 #2 2013-03-14 13:08
The Machacek household has voted to change it's casino visits to a minimum of 2 per month. The household voted 2-0 to reduce it's casino visits. The household expects to save an extra 50% of spendable household income! This may or may not affect the Northwoods economy
+6 #1 Denny Erardi 2013-03-13 19:54
I will not pretend to be able to wrap my brain around this. What do they do with the fish that they catch? Why is the tribe allowed to unilaterally change the agreement with the DNR?


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