Wisconsin Native American tribes want a bag limit of one walleye per day on reservation lakes because they want to “conserve resources.” I have to question that.
When spear fishing was an issue about 25 years ago, tribes would go out on their lakes and spear fish as they spawned every spring. That had to drive down the walleye population. The tribes assured us that their love of nature plus restocking with fry would ensure an abundance of fish. Of course, in addition to outsiders fishing those lakes, how many fish do the tribes harvest the rest of the year without limits?
So now what? Are tribal lakes running out of fish? Did they run out of fish to restock the lakes or run out of money to pay for restocking?
What happened to the fish the tribes swore to protect? Outsiders got them all? I doubt it.
Mike Kuehl, Rhinelander