The MWF and its partners reconvened the walleye working group in January to urge all stakeholders, including recreational anglers, indigenous groups, metis groups and commercial fishers to start working together to find a solution that will allow Lake Winnipeg Walleye populations to stabilize and grow. Brian Parker, Fisheries Manager for Agriculture and Resource Development gave a summary of the most current Lake Winnipeg science and the working group is steadfast that there needs to be a collaborative approach on a management plan that protects the resource so our economy and resource users can continue to share the fishing opportunities that Lake Winnipeg provides.
In 2018 the MWF funded an economic impact study on the Lake Winnipeg Fishery. The results were staggering. Showing that over two years the fishery had lured 100,000 anglers (Residents and Non-Residents) to experience Lake Winnipeg’s exceptional fishing opportunities, generating $102 million in net economic activity. That’s a lot of salted minnows!