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Status Quo on Lake Erie Walleye and Perch Limits

The Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch population is such that Ohio won't make any changes to bag limits for this year.

That was the conclusion of the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission when it met in mid-March.

Ohio's daily limit for walleyes will remain at six fish from May 1 until the end of next February. The bag limit from March 1 through April 30 will be four fish. The daily limit for yellow perch remains at 30 per day lakewide for the entire year.

The status of no change bodes well for anglers and fishery managers, said Ray Petering, head of Ohio's fisheries management unit.

"Really, if we could have at least an average hatch this year, that would be three years out of five and we'd be on our way to getting back on our feet up there," said Petering.

The Lake Erie Committee, a binational board of fishery managers from Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania, recommended a 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of 12.651 million pounds of yellow perch and 2.919 million pounds of walleye. The yellow perch and walleye TACs are similar to last year's levels.

For much more on this story, be sure to pick up the April 15 edition of Ohio Outdoor News.

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