L'ANSE - A target of 1,500 walleye has been set for the annual Keweenaw Bay Indian Community walleye harvest.
Portage Lake and many other U.P. bodies of water are within the boundaries of the 1842 ceded territory, where treaty rights of the KBIC provide for tribal membership to hunt, fish, trap and gather various natural resources.
The harvest amounts to approximately 4.5 percent of the estimated adult walleye population. All fish harvested will be counted and biological data will be collected from each one. All participants are required to sign on and off the lake, and the spearing activity will close when the target is reached.
In 2010, the second year of its walleye rearing program, the KBIC Natural Resources Department stocked nearly 4,000 2-7-inch walleye into the Portage Lake system. Several thousand more were also stocked into Keweenaw and Huron bays.
The KBIC Natural Resources Department also stocked 72,809 jumbo river brook trout, 37,481 coaster brook trout (Siskiwit Bay strain), and lake trout into waters around the Keweenaw Bay area.