Lawmakers Wary of Special Session for Mille Lacs

Minnesota lawmakers are pumping the brakes on Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for a special session to aid Mille Lacs Lake businesses hurting from the early closure of walleye fishing season.

A working group of legislators met for a second time Wednesday to study how to help resorts around the central Minnesota lake.

Sen. David Tomassoni and other lawmakers say the best option is re-opening walleye season through Labor Day.

The state closed Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye fishing season Monday night after exceeding a harvest quota meant to protect dipping walleye population.

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr says that’s “not a good option” because it would hinder their effort to preserve the fish.

It also could violate the state’s agreements with Indian tribes. 

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