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Wednesday, July 24th, 2024

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Doug Etten

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves Minocqua Chain walleye emergency rule

The Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved by unanimous decision an emergency rule that led to the opening of walleye harvest to hook-and-line fishermen on the Minoqua Chain of Lakes beginning midnight, May 7.
The emergency rule replaced what had been an  almost decade-long catch-and-release regulation on walleyes on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes in Oneida County. Lakes in that system include Jerome, Kawaguesaga, Little Tomahawk, Mid, Minocqua, Mud, and Tomahawk lakes, the Minocqua and Tomahawk thoroughfares and connecting waters.

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Wisconsin tribes’ spearing total eclipses 35k walleyes from north region

Preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes show that 35,203 walleye have been speared so far across the ceded territory in Wisconsin.
A relatively slow start to the season weeks ago saw a significant uptick in activity the last two weeks with nearly half of the more than 35,000 fish harvested across 14 days.

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Warm water, temps to welcome Wisconsin anglers for 2024 fishing opener

Open-water conditions all around Wisconsin are looking a little different from a year ago at this time.
Thousands of anglers across the Badger State look to begin their 2024 hook-and-line fishing opener on lakes, rivers, and streams on Saturday, May 4, following one of the mildest winters on record across the entire Midwest. The mild winter filtered right into spring, and though a brief cool down emerged recently there is no remaining ice atop water within any of the 72 counties – a welcome change for many, but especially those interested in fishing the northern tier of counties from Dairyland to Niagara.

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Lac du Flambeau tribe poised to spear Minocqua chain of lakes in Wisconsin

For the second consecutive year the Lac du Flambeau (LdF) tribe has indicated to the Wisconsin DNR that members intend to harvest walleyes from Oneida County’s Minocqua chain of lakes during the 2024 spearing season.
For nearly a decade the primarily stocked fishery has been catch-and-release only for walleyes as a rehab project was under way to study natural recruitment. It also was to allow time for the overall adult population to grow to more than three walleyes per acre on the chain that includes Minocqua, Lake Tomahawk, Little Lake Tomahawk, Mid and Kawaguesaga.

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Two Lac du Flambeau tribe members in Wisconsin cited for illegal walleye spearing

For the second time in as many spring harvest seasons, members of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribe were cited for allegedly illegally spearing walleyes on lakes within the ceded territory, but outside of reservation boundaries.
According to a report released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Quentin Charles Negani and Melvin Gate Labarge, Jr., each of Lac du Flambeau, were issued citations for fishing by illegal means after being confronted on private property the night of Sunday,
May 13, on the west shore of Trout Lake in the town of Arbor Vitae. In their possession were six walleyes, all that were speared by the two men that night, according to the DNR. In addition to the illegal spearing, the individuals were issued citations for trespassing and timber theft.

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Wisconsin’s Lac du Flambeau tribe charges public for boat-landing permits

Anglers, water skiers, business owners, and lakefront owners who are not Lac du Flambeau (LdF) tribal members are being told by LdF leaders they will have to buy a permit to launch watercraft within the boundaries of the reservation.
More specifically, the tribe is saying use of boat launches within the Lac du Flambeau reservation boundaries will be segregated after tribal officials announced last week they are implementing a process, beginning immediately, that will charge for use of certain landings on tribal land.

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Wisconsin’s tribal walleye spearing numbers down from 2022

Preliminary Wisconsin DNR numbers show a historically low number of walleyes speared across the ceded territory by the six Wisconsin Chippewa tribes this spring.
Data collected following activity the night of May 23 show a total of 27,097 walleyes reported, along with 169 muskies. These are preliminary numbers until the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) and DNR are able to dissect the data after the season concludes.

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Lac du Flambeau tribe declares walleyes on ‘no-keep’ Minocqua chain in Wisconsin

According to March 15 declarations released publicly the last week of April by the Wisconsin DNR, the Lac du Flambeau (LdF) tribe announced its intent to harvest 1,288 walleyes from the five-lake Minocqua chain that’s in its eighth year of no walleye harvest.
The declarations of hundreds of lakes across the ceded territory detail harvest intentions for mostly walleyes and muskies for all six northern Wisconsin Chippewa tribes.

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