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Mille Lacs sport fishing group plans lawsuit against DNR

An announcement of a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over walleye management on Mille Lacs Lake is expected to be announced in a 1 p.m. meeting today at the state Capitol.

A Minneapolis attorney, Erick Kaardal, has scheduled a news conference in Room 125 at the Capitol in St. Paul to announce the lawsuit.

Bob Carlson, a fishing guide from Isle, Minn., and a member of Save Mille Lacs Sportfishing, confirmed by telephone Wednesday afternoon that the lawsuit will be filed on behalf of the group. The Mille Lacs Lake walleye population has declined over the past several years, according to the DNR and anglers. Save Mille Lacs Sportfishing contends the primary reason for the decline is the netting of walleyes during spawning season by eight Ojibwe bands whose rights to hunt, fish and gather in territory ceded to the U.S. government in an 1837 treaty have been affirmed in federal court.