The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 27, 2014

Biologists see good outlook for Lake Erie fishing this year

COLUMBUS — State biologists in Ohio say Lake Erie anglers should have a variety of sport fishing opportunities this year.

Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say the lake’s population of walleye, yellow perch, black bass, white bass and steelhead remains stable. They say there is a broad distribution of sizes for each species.

Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system involving Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Each jurisdiction regulates their catches to meet the quotas and minimize the risk of over-fishing species. Seasonal quotas are determined through a consensus agreement by those jurisdictions through the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Biologists caution that factors including water temperature and boat traffic can change lake fishing conditions.

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