Monday, January 24, 2011

Decision day for Lake Erie walleye and perch

Circle March 24 and 25 on the calendar as important dates to remember for Lake Erie angling.

Those are the two dates that the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission has set aside for reports from its Lake Erie Committee. It is this committee that will review and make recommendations as to the daily bag limits for both walleye and yellow perch, allocated on a quota basis for each respective state and the province of Ontario.

Most anglers are expecting a drop in the bag of walleye from the current summer-time daily limit of 6 fish to either 5 or even possibly 4 walleye. The Ohio Division of Wildlife has done little to nothing to discourage such speculation, either.

Given the anticipated huge rise in fuel costs a drop to 4 fish in the lake's walleye limit will almost certainly see a tremendous drop in both angling pressure as well as catch rates.

The GLFC will be making its decisions March 21 through 25 at the Marriott Eagle Crest Hotel in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

For more information about the annual conference, contact the commission at 734-662-3209, ext. 28 or e-mail at

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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