Anti-spearfishing concrete walleye decoy

Concrete walleye decoy purchased at PARR Rally in Minocqua, Wisconsin, April 15, 1989

In the spring of 1989, tensions over Native American off-reservation spearfishing rights reached a boiling point in northern Wisconsin. Anti-spearfishing organizations encouraged the design and deployment of concrete walleye decoys like this one, to be set on the bottom of lake beds to damage Ojibwe spears and disrupt off-reservation spearfishing.

Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
Indians in the 20th Century
Creator: Unknown
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Museum (Museum object #1990.178.1)
Citation: Anti-spearfishing concrete walleye decoy. Wisconsin Historical Museum. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 7/5/2022