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Walleye regulations/ Det river- Amer./Can.?

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I'm just trying to get all the new rules and regs for the Det. river. From what I gather---Det. river is still open all year with 5 fish limit 15" or bigger-----LSC and SCR remain the same 6 fish 13" Size limit.

Canadian side Walleye Catch and possesson limit is 4 fish From Mar- 1st to Apr. 30th. After the 30th. 6 fish limit.

Anyone have a diffrent take on this or anything to add?

Cool approves Lake Erie fishing regulations


October 10, 2003

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director K.L. Cool today approved walleye fishing regulations for Lake Erie, designed to help sustain what is considered to be the nation’s finest natural walleye fishery.

The Director’s Order, drafted over several months of cooperation with myriad Lake Erie fishing interests and approved at the regular monthly meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing, represents a compromise between fishing interests and fishery managers. Each state bordering Lake Erie, and Canada, agreed to reduce its total annual walleye harvest by 40 percent through a self-selected combination of actions.

Lake Erie walleye anglers in Michigan waters presently are allowed to fish throughout the year, observing a 13-inch minimum size limit and keeping up to six fish. The new regulations, effective April 1, 2004, will close the walleye season from April 1 to May 31, increase the size limit to 15-inches, and reduce the daily bag limit to five fish.

Anglers on the Detroit River will observe identical size and daily bag limits, but the fishery will remain open year round. Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River walleye fishing regulations will remain unchanged. The orders will remain effective through 2009, but will be reviewed annually.

“We are blessed to have the finest natural walleye fishery in the country on our Southeast shores,” Cool said. “Our science indicates that we are on the verge of seeing a dramatic decrease in Lake Erie walleye populations, caused mostly by seasonal impacts to reproduction during the past few years. By managing this unique resource proactively with regulations that accommodate anticipated population shortfalls, we can be assured that Lake Erie will remain a world-class destination for walleye.”

Cool also approved a property exchange that provides a connecting trail between the City of Monroe and Sterling State Park, and 104 acres of wetland on the south side of the park for anglers and waterfowl hunters. The long-awaited exchange fulfills a commitment from the DNR as part of the Sterling State Park renovation, completed this year and formally dedicated in June.

The next regular meeting of the NRC is Nov. 6-7 in Lansing.
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I think that is right but Ohio has changed some regulations also on lake Erie I believe!!!
The question that I have is were is the ending point of the Detroit river. Is it Wyandotte or is it the Detroit lighthouse? And if it is in Wyandotte were at?
The last thing I knew was that the detroit river ends at the southern end of Celuron Island (may be spelled rong) but that was last year it may have changed.
Suckerbass is right on the money, the most southern tip of Celeron Island is the boundary.
So they did move the line from Wyandotte, when did that happen?
The southern tip of celeron has been the boundary for sometime, I'm having brain freeze at the moment and can't remember when the change occured. I'll have an answer for ya shortly hopefully with some details.:rolleyes:
I found this in a search.

Contact: Tim Nixon, 517-353-3429

Detroit River boundary change helps anglers obey law

State conservation officials today reminded anglers of a new legal boundary on the lower Detroit River, enacted to simplify law enforcement and help anglers follow the law.

The legal boundary between the Detroit River and Lake Erie has been changed. Previously, the boundary demarking where the Detroit River ends and where Lake Erie begins was Oak Street in Wyandotte. The new boundary, changed by law and effective last June, is listed in the 2003 Michigan Trout and Salmon Guide as an imaginary east-west line across the southern tip of Celeron Island, approximately 4 miles to the south.

The area from Oak Street to the southern tip of Celeron Island is now considered Great Lakes Connecting Waters, instead of Great Lakes waters, and will be subject to an opening date of June 7 for muskellunge and June 21 for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Lt. Dave Purol of DNR’s Law Enforcement Division noted that the Oak Street boundary, which did not extend to the lake shore, was not easily recognizable by the fishing public.

“It made enforcement difficult, and confused many anglers,” Purol said. “Celeron Island is a prominent physical structure in the lower Detroit River, making it a more logical boundary.”
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I think I am going to keep my life simple and just stay in the SCR! I just found out last summer, the hard way, that the "First Nation" (Walpole Island) owns the ENTIRE St. Clair Cut-Off! Now this...:confused:
Bummer catch, sounds like you got scalped. My only problem with the SCR is that silly slot limit they imposed on the Can. side. some of the great fishing spots Islands just inside of Can water or half and half. Trust me They watch those spots.
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