managed to get 2 nice eyes myself...first legal double in awhile
"Walleye kill count for the 2016 spear fishermen is at 1,080 fish."
If I remember correctly, this represents about a 500% increase in spearing totals on Long Lake for 2016. 1080 fish equates to somewhere around 0.33 fish per acre harvested. Last check Long was "up" to 2.6 walleyes per acre according to 2015 survey.
They just took 13% of the walleyes in the lake. No more than 35% of adult walleye is considered "safe harvest". A small group of tribe members basically took 37% of the safe harvest of all adult walleyes in Long Lake. In theory, the thousands of anglers who walleye fish on Long Lake get to split up to the remaining 63% of the safe harvest. If the new regulation of 3 fish @18" were not in place, I wonder what the bag limit would be under the old rule? I am guessing 1 fish. Obviously, more stocking needs to occur with this 3 fish limit unless the walleyes make a turnaround or the tribes back off their totals in the future.