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PAGE15MAZINAIGANFALL2013BySueEricksonStaffwriterTREATYHARVESTSpringspearingnettinground-upOdanahWis.Thewillwastherebutthewaywasruggedthisspringfortreatyspearersandnettersseekingtoreplenishthefamilysstockofwalleye.Plaguedlargelybyalateice-outandacoldsoggyspringtribalfishermenmadethebestofwhatMotherNaturehandedtheminthecededterritorylakesofMin-nesotaWisconsinandMichigan.MilleLacsharvestTheharvestfromMilleLacsLakewaswellbelowthetribaldeclarationof71250poundsofwalleyecappingoffat15171poundstakenbothbyspearandnet.Infactthespearingharvestprovedmostproductivetaking11422poundsofwalleyeversusthe3749poundsharvestedbynet.GLIFWCInlandFisheriesSectionLeaderJoeDanRosesaysthataccordingtopreliminaryresultsthenewregulationallowingallsizesofwalleyetobespearedappearstohaveshiftedsomeoftheharvestawayfromsmalleryoungerwalleye.Inadditiontowalleyethetribesharvested3269poundsofnorthernpikefromMilleLacsLake.NomembersoftheFondduLacBandortheMoleLakeBandparticipatedintheMilleLacsspringseasonwhichbeganonApril24.TribeMalebuckFemaledoeTotalBadRiver5156107FondduLac232952LCO161246407LDF115241356LVD000MLS192544MoleLake79117196RedCliff6771138St.Croix144145289TribalbearharvestinWisconsinTribeMaleFemaleTotalBadRiver224FondduLac415LCO011LDF325LVD000MLS000MoleLake101RedCliff61117St.Croix6612TribaldeerharvestinWisconsinTribeMaleFemaleTotalBadRiver000FondduLac51924LCO000LDF000LVD000MLS383775MoleLake000RedCliff000St.Croix202WisconsinspringharvestWhileharvesttotalswerewaydowninMilleLacsLaketribalspearersen-joyedamoresuccessfulseasoninWisconsinlandingatotalof28395walleyeslightlylessthanhalfofthe59441declarationand270muskellungefromcededterritorylakes.Whilethewalleyeharvestwasbelowthe2010recordof34156walleyeandthe2012harvestof32311walleyeitstillrepresentedasuccessfulalthoughlateseasonfortribalmembers.SpearingdidnotbeginuntilMay1abouttwoweekslaterthanaverage.MichiganspringharvestInMichiganbeginningonMay5theLacVieuxDesertLVDmembersbrought2471walleyeintotheirboatswith1655ofthosebeingLakeGogebicfish.Thisfellwellbelowtheiroverallharvestguidelineof10293walleyefrom54declaredlakes.AccordingtoRogerLaBineLVDVoigtIntertribalTaskForcerepresenta-tivetheextraordinarilylateice-outimpactedboththespearingharvestandLVDhatcheryseggcollectionthisspring.Bothfellfarshortofaverageexpectations.LaBinespeculatesthatfishhadeitherbegunabsorbingtheireggsorperhapsdroppedthemundertheice.Hatcherynetsalsocapturedfewerfishandthosewerelargelymale.Windyweatherconditionsalsocontributedtoadifficultseasonwhichduetoitslatenessmergedintothestatesportseasonaswell.Tribaldeerharvestin1837ofMinnesotaTribalbobcatharvestinWisconsinoff-reservationTribeMaleFemaleTotalBadRiver224FondduLac000LCO161632LDF213LVD000MLS000MoleLake112RedCliff272047St.Croix000uTribalbobcatharvestin1837ofMinnesota0TribalotterharvestinWisconsinoff-reservationTribeMaleFemaleTotalBadRiver241539FondduLac000LCO202343LDF325LVD000MLS011MoleLake011RedCliff14519St.Croix000Michigantribalharvestoff-reservationuTribalotterharvestin1837ofMinnesota0Treatyharvesttotals2012-2013TribeMaleFemaleTotalBadRiver000FondduLac437LCO181634LDF213LVD000MLS101MoleLake202RedCliff000St.Croix353469TribalfisherharvestinWisconsinuTribalbearharvestin1837ofMinnesota0uTribalfisherharvestin1837ofMinnesota0SpeciesTotalElk3Deer269Bear3Turkey3Fisher20Marten76Bobcat1Otter3EssentialOjibwemowinwaawaashkeshideer