Stocked Walleye Prosper on Minocqua Chain, Still No Natural Reproduction
Mazina'igan, A Chronicle of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, Winter 2017/2018, p. 3
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
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Ceded Territory News Briefs Stocked Walleye Prosper on Minocqua Chain, Still No Natural Reproduction
Two years after the Voigt Intertribal Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) agreed io close Minocqua, Kawaguesaga. and Tomahawk Lakes to walleye harvest, stocked fish are surviving well, but natural reproduction has not yet returned. Ojibwe tribes and WDNR agreed prior to the 2015 fishing season that the walleye population on the chain of lakes was low enough to warrant special protection from harvests in order to help the walleye recover. Thus far extended growth walleye fingerlings stocked in the fall have been surviving in good numbers to their second autumnj, but natural reproduction is lagging. GWLIFWC and WDNR plan to continue annual fall surveys to evaluate natural reproduction and juvenile survival, and will conduct adult walleye population estimates on the chain in spring 2019.