Fond du Lac Band to spear fish in the Arrowhead region

Some lakes in Cook County will have spear fishing allowed on them this spring, but just what lakes and how many walleye will be taken from them is still unknown.

The Fond du Lac of Lake Superior Chippewa recently announced that it will exercise its rights under the LaPointe Treaty of 1854 to allow its tribal members to spear walleye this spring in ceded territory lakes that lay in the Arrowhead region.

Fond du Lac spokesperson Ferdinand Martineau Jr., secretary/treasurer of the band said as many as 80 tribal members have asked to fish in the ceded territory.

There are over 2,500 lakes and nearly 5,600 miles of streams in the 1854 territory. Fond du Lac is working with the Boise Forte and Grand Portage Bands and the state of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish safe harvestable quotas for each lake it plans to fish.

Joe Mix, Minnesota DNR Assistant Regional Manager of Fisheries in Grand Rapids said, “The anticipated harvest is expected to be light.”