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eelpout1

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New diversionary subject.....dumb question??? Has anyone notice and over abundance of Cormorants on Milles Lacs this year? I have seen my share,, sometimes all rafted up and not willing to fly to far, sometimes 80 -100 birds, dang, maybe they are following me. Just an observation, but like I said, I've seen plenty.

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I heard the natives have actually trained the cormorants to herd the walleyes into their nets.

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To be perfectly honest with you I would try and fish as close to those birds as possible or even iin the spot they were at as they are a great fishfinder and your electronics should back that up.

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I saw more cormorants up there this year, by far, than any year prior. Whether that's coincidence or not, I have no clue.

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as a full time resident of the lake for the last 10 or so years, i have not noticed more cormrants this year. looks to me to be about the same as years past......way too many. they do sometimes break off into smaller groups and there are some that hang out in cove bay. but i don't think that there are increased numbers this year

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The only good Cormorant is a dead Cormorant. Just sayin'.

If they looked or sounded like a Loon they would be alot more tolorable.

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The only good Cormorant is a dead Cormorant. Just sayin'.

If they looked or sounded like a Loon they would be alot more tolorable.

Just give them a little white paint and a kazoo and they could pull it off grin

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as a full time resident of the lake for the last 10 or so years, i have not noticed more cormrants this year. looks to me to be about the same as years past......way too many. they do sometimes break off into smaller groups and there are some that hang out in cove bay. but i don't think that there are increased numbers this year

Just seems like I've seen more at mid lake than ever before, like I said I think they are following me,

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I heard the natives have actually trained the cormorants to herd the walleyes into their nets.

Really is this needed?

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I fish a bit south of Mille Lacs and this is the first year I have seen the commorants on this lake in 18 years. They raft up in a flock of 200-300 even with some pelicans mixed in too. They leap frog eachother and I'm assuming they are on bait. I have run out and fished these areas before and marked the baitfish but never made it work out to catch fish yet. They can pack away a lot of fish in a short period of time. I once observed a pelican following some boats and he ate 5 sheephead between 1.5 - 2.0 lbs. Another guy I fish with daid he has seen a pelican eat 7 in an afternoon. It seems like commorants really like the lakes that have islands. Too bad they are not good to eat as it would be nice to thin them out, legally of course. Maybe the state could open a nuisence season?

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Unfortunately they are protected under federal law, don't kill one you will land in very hot water

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