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DNR requested to hold over 63,000 walleye for Chippewa tribes

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's six Chippewa Indian tribes want to reserve over 63,000 walleye in northern Wisconsin lakes this spring, as part of their centuries-old treaty rights.

Last year, the tribes declared 58,000 fish -- and they ended up taking only about 28,000.

Still, the Natural Resources Board told DNR staffers Wednesday to take extra steps to preserve the fish supply, beyond imposing bag limits for sport anglers like they normally do.

DNR officials have not said what they might do, and they have not released new bag limits for the upcoming general fishing season.

Last year, tensions exacerbated between the tribes and lawmakers when the Chippewa declared 5,000 more fish than the year before. The lower take by the Indians defused the situation. The DNR says tribes normally take around half of what they declare each year.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)