Rob’s video of tribal gillnetters on Mille Lacs has 3,000 views, making it our most-watched. I expected it to get a lot of views, but not so many so fast. I checked out some of the comments on the fishing sites where it’s being discussed. Some of it was surprising, some not. Lots of ridiculous emotional outbursts, an occasional voice of reason.
The most surprising thing is the level of surprise. Where have people been for 10 years? I was out on Cedar Creek landing in 1998 and saw the whole operation. Anyone can walk right up and look around, as Rob did the other day. It’s no secret.
People were shocked to see egg-laden females taken, but I don’t see the difference between taking a female in the spring and taking one in the fall. Either way, you’re removing one fish with all its reproductive potential.