November 1st, 2013

Well it that time again to start getting ready for the coming winter season. This season makes it my 38th year out there, and surprisingly it sometimes doesn’t that long ago………

We are winding down at the Marine shop and this next week I’ll be staying home more and helping with the prep of houses, trucks, etc.
There has been a lot of talk about Mille Lacs again this past summer with the limit change, harvest slot change and lack of big Perch. But so far, Mother Nature is already starting to remedy some things out there and if the MN DNR and the Mille Lacs Band don’t repeat their actions and methods of harvesting the resource like they have the last 10 years or so, we will see the lake rebound. It’s time for both of them to look for better methods. After all, it was what their,(both the Bands and DNR) management practices that led to the predicament the lake is in now.

I had the good fortune to have a conversation with our DNR commissioner this past summer and it was very good to hear that the MN DNR’s main focus over the next few years is to restore Mille Lacs Lake’s fishery and do everything possible to manage it as a Walleye lake as it should have always been. They’ve finally realized Mille Lacs can not be managed as a “Trophy” everything lake and still have a sustainable Walleye and Perch population. Mille Lacs is a Walleye Lake and will be managed for Walleyes in the future. To me, that was very good news.

Anyways…I’m back…….
Keep a Tight Line!