Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Mille Lacs Fishing Rules

Court Rules Against Resort & Property Owners on Mille Lacs Lake

The Minnesota Court of Appeals says stringent fishing rules imposed on Mille Lacs Lake last year did not violate the state constitution.

A three-judge panel Tuesday rejected arguments raised by a group of Mille Lacs resorts, property owners and anglers that the Department of Natural Resources failed to consider a constitutional amendment protecting the state’s fishing and hunting heritage when it wrote the rules.

The DNR imposed the restrictions to try to reverse the decline of the popular lake’s walleye population.

The Court of Appeals ruled that the DNR acted within its authority even though it didn’t cite the amendment when it formulated the rules.

Attorney Erick Kaardal says his clients will now ask the Legislature to require the DNR to explicitly consider the amendment when it adopts any rules.

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