Walleye angler harvest rates set records in 2018, and numerous large hatches point to a bright future.
Forty-six people were rescued, including two fishermen who were hoisted by helicopter and medically examined. It ended up that no one was injured, authorities said.
Lake Superior was 94 percent ice covered as of Friday, marking first time the largest of the Great Lakes had more than 90 percent coverage in four years. But warmer temperatures in the coming days will start to bring on a great melt.
A crew from the University of Toledo working with the U.S. Geological Survey found the larvae during sampling last June in the Maumee River, a Lake Erie tributary.
A week of sub-freezing temperatures – and a deep freeze due – were expected to rescue the ice fishing season.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s results from the 2018 survey indicate that young-of-the-year walleye catch rates were the highest recorded in the past 20 years of the central basin trawl survey.
Will allow a year-round open season for black bass in the Lake Erie sport fishing district.
Author took a summer excursion to the island winery on Ohio’s Jet Express.
The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its long-term average.
Toledo Zoo planning to release thousands of young lake sturgeon in hopes of restoring a fish species in Erie that is nearly extinct; zoo says many people who come to release party will be able to release the fish themselves.
Experts say the discovery in the planet’s largest freshwater system is alarming. Researchers are uncertain what risks the tiny creatures may pose. The university plans to monitor the situation but says both species haven’t been deemed invasive because of their low abundance.
Toledo Zoo will raise about 1,500 young lake sturgeon this summer.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Research into Lake Erie’s toxic algae shows no clear decrease in the pollutants feeding the persistent blooms during the past five years, according to an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency report. The review also finds that nearly all of the phosphorus and nitrogen flowing from Ohio’s streams and rivers into the lake’s western end is coming mainly from…
In Pennsylvania, perch will remain at 30 per day and walleye will stay at six daily.
Currently, the walleye daily bag limit is four. But as a result of the 2018 quota allocation, the daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2019, with a minimum size limit of 15 inches.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio, for the first time, is designating the entire western end of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years, officials said recently. The shallowest of the Great Lakes has seen its largest algae blooms on record over the past decade, fueled mainly…
(Photo courtesy of Vexilar)ERIE, Pa. — Gaze onto Presque Isle Bay these days and you’ll likely see legions of ice fishermen, huddled in shelters, enjoying their favorite winter activity. From the 1880s to the late 1920s, Presque Isle Bay in winter was inhabited by a different lot of outdoors types — scores of polers, plowmen, feeders, packers and foremen. In…
TOLEDO, Ohio — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants Ohio to do another review of Lake Erie to determine whether it should be declared impaired by toxic algae blooms that have become a recurring threat in recent summers. The agency in a letter to Ohio’s environmental director said it was reversing an earlier decision that had agreed with the state’s…
Unlike the weekly algae updates that federal scientists issue for Lake Erie in the summer, the classification system for rivers and lakes would be a long-range forecast for potential trouble spots.
Combination of first Erie December freeze-over since 2000 and a surging walleye population in the lake could make for a fishing season to remember. But with great ice-building weather comes First Day Hikes cancellations.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio’s outline for sharply reducing what’s making algae flourish in Lake Erie clearly shows that changes in farming methods are what’s needed. The blueprint also has a long list of ways to do that, but some environmental groups say the state’s updated plan still lacks clear direction about what should come next. The plan released Nov. 17…
Pungent, sometimes toxic blobs are fouling waterways from the Great Lakes to Chesapeake Bay.
TOLEDO, Ohio — The toxic algae that spread across Lake Erie this summer roughly matched its third-most severe bloom in 15 years, government researchers said earlier this week. The algae outbreak on the shallowest of the Great Lakes had two peaks this year in August and again in mid-September, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It left behind…
The groups want the EPA to declare that the western end of the lake is impaired by the algae that’s a threat to drinking water and fish. Such a designation could lead to stricter pollution controls.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the lakes in the last century and decimated native fish until a poison…
The Michigan DNR will conduct its annual walleye assessment in the west basin of Lake Erie near Monroe, Mich., beginning Oct. 9 and continuing through Oct. 13. “This survey is a cornerstone of the DNR’s annual efforts to assess the walleye fishery in Lake Erie,” said Todd Wills, the DNR’s Lake Huron-Lake Erie area fisheries research manager. “The data from…