Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Fishery Staff Surveys Ogawaag in Ceded Territory

Sokaogon Chippewa Community fisheries specialists teamed with Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Fond du Lac Band this week to survey the juvenile walleye population in Mille Lacs Lake in the Minnesota 1837 Ceded Territory.

From electrofishing, or shock boats, crews traveled the entire shoreline gathering information from 6 inch to 12 inch ogawaag (walleyes) that assemble in shallow waters after sundown.

Fisheries managers are closely monitoring a Mille Lacs Lake walleye population that has dropped significantly in recent years as aquatic invasive species, rising water temperatures, and predation reduce the number of fish that reach catchable sizes for both state anglers and Tribal harvesters.

Sokaogon Chippewa Community fisheries staff includes Norbert Nunway, Clint Soulier and Roger Weber. Earlier this season, the crew conducted walleye electrofishing surveys on Kentuck Lake and Butternut Lake in Forest County. Next up, the team turns its attention to panfish surveys.