Sports anglers concerned about new Lake Superior agreement

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Some sports anglers have expressed frustration after Wisconsin officials and two tribes settled a new agreement for managing Lake Superior’s fishery.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that anglers say they were left out of the state’s negotiations with the Red Cliff and Bad River Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the tribes approved the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement last month, saying the new terms will protect the Lake Superior fishery.

Apostle Islands Sports Fishermen’s Association President Scott Bretting says the new agreement was negotiated behind closed doors. They’re concerned that the agreement puts more pressure on the fishery, particularly a new commercial whitefish season in October.

DNR official Scott Loomans says they’ll continually evaluate the new whitefish season. Loomans says the department doesn’t believe the season will negatively impact the fishery.

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