FDL Band to spear walleye in NE Minnesota this spring
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has declared 13 lakes in Northeastern Minnesota where its band members will spear walleyes this spring.
Two of the lakes are in St. Louis County, three in Lake County and eight in Cook County.
This marks the first time the Fond du Lac Band — or any band — has formally speared walleyes on lakes in Northeastern Minnesota under treaty rights. The lakes are part of the 1854 ceded territory, where the Fond du Lac, Bois Forte and Grand Portage bands’ rights to hunt, fish and gather are guaranteed under an 1854 treaty. Those rights have been affirmed in federal court.
About 70 of the Fond du Lac Band’s 4,200 members have signed up to spear walleyes in the 1854 ceded territory this spring, said Brian Borkholder, fisheries biologist for the Fond du Lac Band. The lakes and quotas were declared after meetings with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.