19th Century Treaties Play Part In Tribal Fishing Rights

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(Photo By Bill Schaefer/Getty Images)

(Photo By Bill Schaefer/Getty Images)

DETROIT (WWJ) - Michigan wildlife officials are asking people not to interfere with members of American Indian tribes who use spears or other traditional means of catching fish this spring.

The Department of Natural Resources says two 19th century treaties allow tribes in Michigan to establish their own fishing regulations.

Under those agreements, some tribal members may use equipment or methods to catch walleye and steelhead that aren’t permissible for recreational anglers under state licenses.

 They may also have different fishing seasons.

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