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Any one catch the news story (9) about the dead sea

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I only saw the commercial for it. I missed the news and wanted to see what the story was about. Can anyone fill me in?

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They discussed how Mille Lacs is changing based on the lower walleye counts the DNR is seeing, and reduced tourism in the area caused by prices of land and gas to get there.

It was billed as a hard hitting report about the netting concerns in the area, but did not touch on that other then to show the Indians pulling nets, and a couple conversations with Indians stating it is their God Given right.

There were a few comments from the Indians which I thought proved the point of not having any ties to or respect for the fishery, such as the one guy bragging about the size of his prespawn female with eggs still in it, and the other guy talking about how now they can do it legally, where before then had to sneak out at night to net their fish. There was very little talk, if they even mentioned it, about the lost nets and what they are doing about it.

I guess I was expecting more. The 9 0'clock was better then the 10. At 10 they talked about the disappearing resorts and the businesses not being able to make it.

They then said it was all caused by the smoking ban.....OK that is a lie, but wanted to add a little levity!

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Typical news report from the local television folks. Hype up all the negatives while omitting the fact that in addition to walleye fishing Mille Lacs is a world class muskie and smallmouth fishery. Additionally, there are huge trophy pike in that lake that never get attention.

The only people that benefit from that story are people like me who fish Mille Lacs regularly. The story will probably drive away some people and make for more open spots on the lake. Unfortunately, that is not good for business owners in the area.

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