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MAZINAIGANPAGE2SPRINGSUMMER2014SPEARINGNETTING2014OnthecoverThecoverimagedepictstheThreeSisterscornbeanandsquashasrenderedbyLacduFlambeausbiskakoneGregJohnson.TheThreeSistersreferstoatraditionalNativegardeningtechniquewherecornbeansandsquashareplantedinthesamemound.Thecornprovidesanaturalbeanpoleforthebeantoclimb.Thebeaninturnenrichesthesoilwithnitrogenandthesquashvinesprovidecovertostopemergingweeds.AquaticinvasivespeciesAIScanhavenegativeimpactstotreatyresourcesincludingspawningandfishhabitats.Rememberwhenoutonthewaterstotaketheprecautionstopreventtheirspread.WatchforinvasiveshitchingridesonplantfragmentsmudordebrisStopAquaticInvasivesREMOVEanymudordebrisplantsandanimalsfromyourboattrailerandandequipment.DRAINallwaterfromboatfishingboxesandequipmentensuringitdoesnotdrainbackintothewaterbody.CLEANorDRYboattrailerandallequipmentthatcameintocontactwithwaterincludingnetsbuoysanchorsropesandlinesetc.Submergeinboilingwater.Dryfor5daysorFreezeforatleast2daysNote1837TreatyConservationCodeforMinnesotaCededTerritoryhasadditionalrequirementsforinfestedwatersincludingMilleLacstodrynetsandequipmentforaminimumof10daysorfreezeforaminimumof2daysbeforeusinginnon-infestedwaters.GanawendanGinibiiminaanProtectOurWatersDontforgettocheckthesespotsforhitchhikers.GLIFWCWardenVernStonemonitorsthecreelattheWhiteshLakelandingDouglasCountyduringthe2014treatyspearshingseason.BenBaisleyGLIFWCcreelclerkmeasuresthecatchbroughtinbyBadRivershermen.PhotobyDylanJenningsGLIFWCinternConservationofcersfromGLIFWCandMinnesotaDepartmentofNaturalResourcesconductedinvasivespecieseducationaloutreachatMilleLacsboatlandingsduringthespringharvestseason.Fishermenlearnedhowtoproperlydecontaminateboathullsandxturestohelppreventthespreadofaquaticinvasivespecies.BiologistshaveidentiedspinywatereazebramusselsandEurasianwatermilfoilinMilleLacs.PhotobyRabindranArunagiriwaterlimitedspearingsuccessontheEscanabaRiverwheretreatyfisherstook15walleyesaidJustinCarrickBayMillsConservationDepartment.InLowerMichiganaBayMillsspearerfilledthebandsloneBlackLakesturgeontagtakinganimpressive73-inch108-poundfishonMay3.CatchreportsdetailadditionalactivityinWaishkeyBaywheresubsistencefishersfoundlimitednumbersofwalleyeandsmeltalongthereservationsLakeSuperiorshoreline.Tribesagainlargelychosespearingovergill-nettingatMilleLacsthisyeartargetingthelakesmoreabundant18-inch-pluswalleyestoconserveyoungeryear-classesofogaa.Accordingtopreliminaryresultsspear-harvestedogaaaver-aged21.2inches.Stateandtribalbiologistsareredoublingon-the-waterfisher-iesassessmentstounderstandwhydespitegoodspawninghatchessomanywalleyesfailtoreachcatchablesize.Withawalleyeharvestlimitsetatamodest17100poundsmanyregularMilleLacslakefishersstayedhome.Othersshiftedtheireffortstocatchingperchandotherspecies.Thewalleyeharvestquotaforstate-licensedanglersis42900.ItwasquieterthisyearsaidareaGLIFWCOfficerRobinArunigiri.Theentirescopeoftheharvestwentverysmoothly.Withthestatefishingopenerrunningconcurrentlywiththetribalspringhar-vestGLIFWCandMinnesotastatewardensjointlymonitoredboatlandingsandmaintainedclosecommunicationsArunigirisaid.GLIFWCwardensalsoworkedcloselywithfisheriesbiologistsandcreelteamsporingoverareal-timedatabasethathelpsensureeachtribestayswithintheirindividualquotas.MembersoftwoMinnesotaandsixWisconsinOjibwebandsfishMilleLacsunderthe1837Treaty.AtthecloseoftheseasonMilleLacsharvestnumberstotaled13451poundsofwalleyeand3716ofnorthernpike.TheFondduLacOjibwehadhopedtoconductlimitedwalleyefishingon1854TreatylakesincoordinationwiththeMinnesotaDepartmentofNaturalResourcesbutthelateice-outpromptedbandofficialstocancelthespear-onlyseason.10-year-oldKayledMartinLacCourteOreillesLCOdonated26shtoLCOeldersthisyearhisrstspearingseason.PhotobyMikePopovichSpearingdominatesMilleLacslakewalleyeharvestduringquietseasonContinuedfrompage1