YELLOW PERCH DAILY BAG LIMIT COULD BE REDUCED IN WESTERN LAKE ERIE
Proposal would take effect July 1 if approved by Ohio Wildlife Council
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council is considering a proposal to reduce the Lake Erie yellow perch daily bag limit in Ohio waters west of Huron, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Under a rule change proposed Wednesday, the daily bag limit for yellow perch would drop from 30 to 25 fish per angler, but only in waters west of Huron. The daily bag limit will remain at 30 fish per angler in Ohio waters from Huron eastward.
The council also heard a proposal to reduce the statewide daily bag limit for muskellunge from two fish to one fish.
In addition, four lakes owned by the Division of Wildlife would allow access to motorboats greater than 10 horsepower as long as they operate at idle speed. These lakes include, Knox Lake in Knox County, Lake La Su An in Williams County, Oxbow Lake in Defiance County, and Rupert Lake in Vinton County. Additionally, 10-horsepower motors would now be allowed on Greenfield Lake and Rockmill Lake in Fairfield County.
Open houses will be held on Sunday, March 2 in each of the state's five wildlife district offices to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the open houses can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or viewed on the Division's Web site.
A statewide hearing on all the proposed wildlife rules will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 6 at the division's District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during its April 2 meeting.