2020 Lake Erie Survey by Ohio DNR

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  1. scubajay

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    2020 walleye hatch is even bigger than last year; perch excellent too

    https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020...igger-than-last-year-perch-excellent-too.html


    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The 2020 walleye and yellow perch hatches in the western basin of Lake Erie this year are both above average, continuing an exceptional fishing era, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

    The 2020 August walleye hatch index was 48 per hectare, the eighth highest on record. That’s 1 fish per hectacre more than last year and well above the 20-year average of 32.

    “This year’s hatch combined with the exceptional 2015, 2018, and 2019 year-classes ensures an abundance of young walleye will complement the older and larger fish that make up the current Lake Erie walleye population, which is projected to hit a historic high in 2021,” said Travis Hartman, ODNR’s Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie fisheries program administrator.

    During the survey in August, ODNR recorded its highest catch of 1-year-old walleye ever, nearly double the previous high from 2015. Walleye from the 1-year-old 2019 class are generally 7-12 inches long, and most will hit the harvestable size of 15 inches next year.

    The August survey found the 2020 yellow perch hatch index was 536 per hectare, well above the 20-year average of 326 per hectare. It ranks sixth in the 34-year survey.
     
  2. Lake Boy

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    Sounds like the great walleye fishing will continue.Hopeful signs for perch also.Got to love our fishery.
     

  3. ErieH2O

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    O-H-I-O!!!! Can’t believe I just wrote that. Their data seems to reflect what we’ve seen on my boat. Travis Hartman doesn’t deal with the second guessing that DNR folks do in Michigan. He provides data and it is real and he has history to prove his point.
     
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  4. Same info that the Michigan DNR put out. All good
     
  5. Fishndude

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    So, here is the deal. We Anglers need to get out there and harvest as many Walleyes as we are legally allowed. Otherwise they'll eat themselves out of house, and home. Already planning my late fall, and spring assaults. Walleyes must DIE; and then be beer-battered, and fried in peanut oil. :lol:
     
  6. Jiggin Jay

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    Yum, even more walleye filled with PFA’s, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, so on and so on


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  7. Fishndude

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    So, you fish for Walleyes for the fight, Jiggin Jay? If so, I'd like to introduce you to some Steelhead. :lol:
     
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  8. sureshot006

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    I always look forward to Ohio's report but the one that really matters is the final that is combined with Ontario.

    Just going by memory, it seems perch hatches have been better than average for a while now. Where are they?
     
  9. marty59

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    In the Canadian comercial fisherman nets!

    Marty
     
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    Like always
     
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  11. Bruce William

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    Good news thanks for the post.