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Wis. Chippewa Declare Near-Record Walleye Spearing

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 -- 7:51 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin intend to spear a near-record number of walleyes during the annual spring harvest.

Department of Natural Resources officials say the six tribes declared their intentions to spear 59,399 walleyes in off-reservation lakes.

After calculating the potential impact to the lakes, the DNR said Monday the sport bag limits would be reduced to one fish on 197 lakes, two fish on 331 lakes and three fish on seven lakes.

The standard daily sport bag limit on Wisconsin waters is five walleyes.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/ZohlSb ) reports the DNR acknowledges the Chippewa tribes are acting lawfully within their treaty rights. But DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says this year's "drastic increase in lakes named at a one-walleye bag limit is significant, unprecedented, and a challenge to long-standing partnerships."

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com


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