Agency increases walleye, yellow perch catch for Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — The commission that oversees fishing on Lake Erie is allowing a big increase in the number of walleye and yellow perch that can be caught this year.

The Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission agreed Friday to a 20 percent increase in the total allowable catch for walleye.

The group also increased the total allowable catch for yellow perch by 13 percent.

The limits are for sport anglers in Ohio, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania along with anglers and commercial operations in Canada.

Cleveland.com reports that excellent spring hatches in 2014 and 2015 are behind the increases. According to that report, the lakewide walleye total allowable catch for 2017 will be 5.924 million pounds, and the 20 percent increase is the maximum allowed from year to year. The yellow perch TAC was set at 10.375 million pounds.

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