Wisconsin Fishing Discussion


4/11/24 @ 10:54 AM
User since 12/23/21

I see the tribes have declared they are going to spear the Minoqua chain  guess 10 years of closure to rebuild the population and banning everyone else from keeping any was just a waste. 


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4/29/24 @ 6:07 PM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02
Still waiting for the obvious numbers you mentioned Fin Bender. 

I've looked all over and can't find numbers that say guides killed 35,000 walleyes last year or are forecasted to this year. Not even that a single one was harvested by them during the spawn.
4/29/24 @ 4:18 PM
User since 5/29/11
JC do they post/report which lakes get stocked and quantities of fry or fingerlings?
4/29/24 @ 4:00 PM
User since 4/1/05
"Most tribes in Northern Wisconsin operate fish hatcheries. Red Cliff, LCO, St. Croix, Lac Du Flam, Mole Lake, and Bad River all raise and stock walleye."

Yes, the tribes' stocking efforts have greatly improved fishing for everyone!  Matter of fact, Lac Du Flambeau has stocked millions of walleye fry and fingerlings on their reservation waters.  It is not like they have utilized state tax money for their stocking facilities, stocked only their lakes within the reservation, and then went ahead and speared off-reservation lakes!    
4/29/24 @ 3:14 PM
User since 7/5/01
Casinos are here because of treaty rights.  Please know that tribes signed separate treaty agreements.  That is why the chippewas have the 'right' to hammer lakes for walleyes in the spring.  The different treaty agreements had some consistent language regarding governance of tribal lands.  That is how a tribe can either use an existing part of a reservation or purchase land in an area with good traffic for a casino and make it a tribal land with the protection from state and local restrictions and open reservation and off reservation casinos.  
4/29/24 @ 3:01 PM
Fin Bender
Fin Bender
User since 9/16/11
Most tribes in Northern Wisconsin operate fish hatcheries. Red Cliff, LCO, St. Croix, Lac Du Flam, Mole Lake, and Bad River all raise and stock walleye.
4/29/24 @ 10:44 AM
User since 2/18/09
I got to thinking about the spearing issue in greater detail and did some research. consider these facts; In 2023 The MWC walleye circuit held 8 tournaments that spanned a total of 17 days. In those tournaments all anglers combined caught a total of 3,315 walleyes. and 99.4% were released. compare that to the 35,203 taken in just 10+ days...That has got to be the single most significant reason for the walleye decline in the Northern Wisconsin lakes. 
4/29/24 @ 10:24 AM
User since 2/18/09
35,203 walleyes taken as of 4/26 as reported by the outdoor news. most of those in the last 10 days. Unless everyone is willing to work together and keep their agreements, it's never going to get better. You can't take that many adult fish from a system and keep it healthy.
4/28/24 @ 7:49 PM
User since 4/13/22
Absolutely correct trouter ,  just traveled thru 5 states and all have Native American casinos which including WI all start with the feds , as if casinos have anything to with treaty rights & the topic : Spearing Minocqua Chain .   
SPEARING MINOQUA CHAIN photo by Steelhead88
4/28/24 @ 6:53 PM
User since 3/17/09
Then the State should build some.
4/28/24 @ 5:35 PM
User since 7/3/01
Casinos have nothing to do with treaty rights.    All Wisconsin tribes have casinos, but only Chippewa tribes have the ​specific treaty rights to spear lakes.

4/28/24 @ 10:30 AM
PRO MEMBER User since 11/5/17
That’s the thanks you get for allowing them to have casinos.
4/28/24 @ 9:28 AM
User since 7/22/12
Good ole poke in the eye with a very very dull stick. 
4/28/24 @ 8:15 AM
User since 2/24/23
I heard from a good source that they speared the chain Friday night and last night.  I don't know forcertain.  Just what I was told. I guess we will find out shortly.  But between all the tribes they have speared over 35000 walleyes.  Just makes me sick . ​
4/26/24 @ 12:57 PM
User since 2/6/19
No, not according to my sources.
4/26/24 @ 7:20 AM
User since 7/24/01
I hear the tribe speared it.  Any truth to that?
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