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Commercial trout fishing may return to Lake Superior

It seems hardly imaginable any sport fishery in Minnesota would be ripe, once again, for commercial fish netters, but then, Lake Superior's North Shore salmon and trout fishery doesn't get many headlines anymore.

But on Tuesday, the Department of Natural Resources will unveil a proposal at a public hearing in Roseville that allows commercial netters to take 3,000 lake trout annually from the northernmost portion of the North Shore, a landmark step in the recovery of Superior's lake trout.

The DNR won't call its proposal a commercial fishery. It's euphemistically called an "assessment fishery'' because commercial netters will be required to collect information — such as size and whether they're tagged — from a small number of their 3,000 fish,.

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/columnists/13368356.htm
 

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Interesting article. Everyone should read it, other quotes......

The draft Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan, which is undergoing its first update in a decade, contains other significant proposals, such as eliminating the state's chinook salmon stocking program in Superior.

Wild steelhead have crashed but have rebounded slightly in recent years, and pressure from steelhead anglers has kept the DNR in the business of managing wild steelhead. Kamloops rainbow trout are still being stocked, but managers worry about the stock rainbows diluting the gene pool of wild steelhead, which are also rainbow trout.
 

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If this proposal is enacted they should worry more about quickly the superior strain of lake trout and other species that will be depleted. :rant: G%& D!$%^ commercial fisherman I mean lake rapers :rant:If they could find a way to put a net in their bathtub and harvest fish they would,I dont even why they call it fishing because its not!
 
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