The idea of establishing sanctuary areas in some lakes, where no fishing would be allowed, has been floated by at least one fisheries biologist. This would be worth trying as a device to learn more about what works for fish and perhaps even to improve fishing on the lake as a whole.
I have lived on lake Mille Lacs for the past 19 years. As an avid ice fisherman I have witnessed first hand the pollution left behind at the end of the ice fishing season. Minnesota regulates camp grounds the other seasons of the year but has no regulation over fish house "camp grounds" during ice fishing. Nothing to mandate garbage pick up, toilet facilities or the basic rules to regulate what's needed if your fish house ...more »
Even though a few people are killed every year when they fall through lake ice in the middle of winter....there still isn't any group forecasting and mapping lake ice thickness and condition daily. The Canadian do it!
Legislation must be enacted requiring lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle be replaced with non-toxic varieties.
A proclamation by Governor Dayton that we pick one day of every year going forward as "Spirit of Water Day" in Minnesota. This would be a day of reflection and action of our most important resource which defines this state. We should ask that all communities of faith in our state take the closest observed Sabbath to the date picked to reinforce what ever is referenced to in any faith beliefs by leaders of that faith ...more »