Today, Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources closed the walleye fishing season on lake Mille Lacs.
During the season opener, the Star Tribune reported:
Lake Mille Lacs resort owners are angry, anglers are frustrated, and they all have an opinion on what’s to blame for the shocking decline in walleye in Minnesota’s favorite fishing destination.
But there’s one culprit that gets scant attention: global warming.
Tullibee, a cold-water loving fish that is a critical prey for walleye, is largely gone from Mille Lacs. In fact, tullibee is in trouble across the state — a clear sign that Minnesota’s lakes are changing as fast as the climate and creating an uncertain future for the state’s prized fishing industry.
By the end of this century, tullibee will be gone or drastically reduced in two-thirds of the lakes where it lives now, according to a sophisticated climate prediction model by state and University of Minnesota scientists.
DNR fish biologist Peter Jacobsen, who has been studying tullibee since 2006 said “The recent declines have been mostly from climate.”
Read the full story on the Star Tribune website.
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