RE: Mille Lacs politics – While bass anglers see the new frontier on Mille Lacs, it is a suffering economy from the lack of walleye. We have a really good servicing dealership on the southern rim in Isle, MN. And of course Seth Feider lives there now as well.
It was once a premium destination for walleye anglers, many from the Minneapolis area. They have longterm-owned family cabins and a destination for a lot of those outdoors enthusiasts in camping, resorts and those summer homes.
The apparent lessened walleye population has restricted fishing and reduced income for those on the lake. Our dealer is from a fifth-generation Mille Lacs family and runs approximately 50 winter ice houses also. What we see as a soft-water sport, they see as almost an annual income. Both ends of the ice and boating have suffered.
Over-regulating the situation is not a fix, the complexity of Mille lacs runs well beyond the ability of the government and conservation departments.
The lake was easier to find fish on and now, with fewer fish, the fishing is harder. While it's a new frontier for many bass anglers after the AOY event, it's still a very difficult climate for those locals trying to save an annual income.
Also, kudos to Bassmaster on opening their thought train up and bringing a 2018 Elite schedule that is out of the box. Good job Michael, Eric, Trip and crews! Those new frontiers need to keep coming.