The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 19, 2013

Walleye rules tightened on Mille Lacs

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ST. PAUL —

But Eno had harsh words for tribal netters and the DNR, saying she holds them "directly responsible for this lake being so far out of balance."

The DNR and the bands plan to conduct more intensive studies this year on how the lake's fish populations are faring. Rich Bruesewitz, the DNR's area fisheries supervisor, said they don't know why survival of smaller walleyes has been so low. They suspect it's a combination of predation and competition for food. They also suspect there could be some effects from invasive species such as zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and Eurasian watermilfoil.

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