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Battle brewing over spear fishing in Northern Wisconsin


Northern Wisconsin (WQOW) - Northern Wisconsin tribes have lost some very high-profile battles recently, and now it appears a new battle is brewing, one that could have an effect on northern Wisconsin tourism.  Over the past year, the tribes tried to block a wolf hunt and lost. They also tried to prevent changes to Wisconsin's mining law.  They lost that too.

Now, they've announced what the DNR calls unprecedented plans for spear fishing this spring. The DNR, says tribal members declared their intent to spear so many walleye in almost two-hundred lakes, anglers would be limited to keeping only one walleye a day in those lakes.  That's a big jump from recent years when restrictions were limited to no more than 10 lakes.

The DNR secretary says the tribes are within their rights to do that. But she says the move is a challenge to long-standing agreements to maintain a balance that leaves more walleye for anglers.  She says the DNR will now try to work with the tribes to negotiate a compromise.

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