A Minneapolis attorney has scheduled a news conference at the State Capitol Building in St. Paul tomorrow to announce a law suit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, according to a news release today.
Attorney Erick Kaardal invites the public to a press conference and announcement, which will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in room 125 of the State Capitol Building, St. Paul, Minnesota. The announcement will pertain to a new lawsuit which is to be filed tomorrow against the DNR, the news release stated. The timing of the lawsuit is about three weeks before the fishing opener on May 10.
Bob Carlson, a fishing guide from Isle, Minn., and a member of Save Mille Lacs Sportfishing, confirmed Wednesday that the law suit will be filed on behalf of the group. At issue is the DNR’s management of walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake. The 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.