New perch regulations in Michigan have reduced the daily creel limit to 25 perch per angler, per day, on most Michigan waters.
Walleye angler harvest rates set records in 2018, and numerous large hatches point to a bright future.
Bag goes from 50 to 25 on most waters starting April 1.
“It will mean that when you go to a perch fry, you will probably actually get yellow perch. Because right now, if you ‘value shop’ your fish fry, you are more than likely not getting yellow perch.”
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.
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.
Based upon results from the August trawl surveys, the 2017 yellow perch hatch was successful in Ohio waters of the western basin. The 2017 walleye hatch was near the 20-year average.
The Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission agreed to a 20 percent increase in the total allowable catch for walleye and 13 percent for yellow perch.