Mille Lacs walleye reproduction is topic of presentation
Walleye reproduction in Mille Lacs Lake will be the subject of a Department of Natural Resources presentation and discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the New Brighton Community Center, at 400 10th St. NW in New Brighton.
The event is intended to share biological information and answer citizen questions related to past, present and future walleye reproduction.
“We all care about Mille Lacs,” said Tom Jones, DNR regional fisheries treaty coordinator. “To that end, our goal is to create a deeper and more common understanding on the specific issue of whether there is a walleye reproduction problem.”
The DNR is calling the event Hooked on Mille Lacs: On the Road. It complements the agency’s new Hooked on Mille Lacs Lake quarterly newsletter. At this and future gatherings, local DNR fisheries biologists will present on important and timely Mille Lacs topics. A facilitated group discussion on the evening’s topic will give people the chance to ask questions and make suggestions for future discussions.
“The plan is to regularly meet with citizens to take an in-depth look at a specific issue,” said Jones. “This is new. It’s different. It will allow for more public interaction than in our past meeting formats.”
Jones said the meeting is part of an emerging agency approach to more broadly communicate fish population information, research findings and rationale for management decisions. There is no charge for admission.
To learn about Mille Lacs Lake management, visit www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake. People interested in receiving email updates about Mille Lacs Lake, including notices of the new Hooked on Mille Lacs Lake newsletter, can subscribe to the Hooked on Mille Lacs update list at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslakenews.