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Lake Erie perch have started... #13788911 05/02/19
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61 nice ones from 9.5" to 14.75". Only kept a few 9.5's because of swallowed hooks.
I gave all mine away to my partner, I'll wait a few days for the walleye opener.

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Lot of guys boxing out with 100 fish (2 limits), but we had to come in early.


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13789306 05/02/19
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That looks like good fun, and good eating.


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13789633 05/03/19
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Nice,.....nothing like eating spring perch.

Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: doctor_Encore] #13816304 05/13/19
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My brother's got a boat up on Erie and they target the perch and walleye. His fish fry party's are great eating and a lot of fun. We usually have a big fish fry up at deer camp in Pa. the weekend before the opener.


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13816829 05/13/19
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goghergunner, you are a rarity among Minnesota people for admitting that a yellow perch is actually eatable. Very strange that most of you guys over the state line would rather have a northern pike than a yellow perch on the menu. There was a time when anybody with a row boat could row 50 yards off shore in the Bay of Green Bay and catch a bucket full of yellow perch in short order. Not anymore. The walleyes have taken over and the zebra mussels have cleaned up the water so much that the weed growth is much deeper than it use to be, so what perch that do spawn are way off shore now. The invasive gobies brought in with ocean going shipping dumping their ballast tanks, eat everything that hatches, so our yellow perch are doomed. Eating a walleye isn't bad, but given the choice make mine a perch plate.

Bill, why hasn't Lake Erie suffered the same invasive species blight that the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan has?

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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13817154 05/13/19
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I’m not sure. When they first appeared in the lake, the doom and gloom crowd said our fishing was going to be ruined.
Now the Walleyes, and smallmouth are eating gobies like crazy, The Perch are eating the Zebra mussels in the spring (along with minnows) and switch to almost all minnows in the summer and fall.

Went out yesterday with grandson, he had a ball .

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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13818976 05/14/19
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Good Deal! Weather and Lake conditions have sucked here,still have not been able to get out and fish LOC derby


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13819231 05/14/19
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BGunn: Do you have any commercial netters setting nets in Western Lake Erie? The reason I ask is that the perch fishing in the central basin has deteriorated to an alarming degree. The few perch caught are less than 9 inches.
It gets worse every year. The only thing increasing is the orange buoys that mark where gill nets are set. Do you how the allocation of fish to commercial fishing compares to the take of sports fishing? Where can you find the location commercial licenses? Thanks.

Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: bobmn] #13819337 05/14/19
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There's A guy that runs perch nets out of Barcelona NY, and the Perch fishing is really tough in his netting area. This is a great Walleye area though.
Canada considers Erie a “commercial lake” and nets it pretty hard.

Canadian netting in Erie


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13820061 05/14/19
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B: Thanks for the article. Do you know how the commercial limits are allocated between US and Canada? I was told that no netting is allowed by the islands or Sandusky Bay.

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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: bobmn] #13820210 05/14/19
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Real roughly, it goes something like this... Ontario gets allocated 50%, NY, Ohio, Illinois & Michigan split up the other 50%...



Erie allocations


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13823513 05/15/19
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We have very few yellow perch here in TN. I caught one Saturday. It was the highlight of the day with close to 150 big bluegills and medium size crappie.


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13829657 05/18/19
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B: Thanks for the link. Gee, I wonder if the 1,406,000 pounds of perch taken by commercial netters in Ohio waters in 2018 had any impact on sport fisherman?

Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13829835 05/18/19
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The only place where I know of netting Perch in NY, is in the area of Barcelona, near the Pa. border. It’s also the only area that I know of on Erie, in NY where the perch fishing really sucks.


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Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13837167 05/21/19
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B: NY total allowable catch for perch in 2019 is 169,000 pounds. http://www.glfc.org/pubs/pressrel/LEC%20news%20release%202019_FINAL.pdf Lake Erie Committee Sets Yellow Perch and Walleye Allowable Catches for 2019

Re: Lake Erie perch have started... [Re: BGunn] #13837486 05/21/19
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Did you get the yellow perch out of the lake on the Ocoee?
Only place I know of in the state that has them.


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