COLUMBUS, Ohio – Preliminary benefits from surveys in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate much more excellent news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife.
For the second consecutive year, Ohio’s information points to an exceptional walleye hatch, the second-highest in the history of the survey, and the yellow perch hatch was also sturdy, effectively above its extended-term typical.
Each and every year in August, wildlife agencies from Ohio, Ontario, and Michigan sample the western basin of Lake Erie in search of young-of-the-year walleye and yellow perch. Biologists from the Division of Wildlife survey almost 40 areas involving Toledo and Huron. The information is compared with the benefits from preceding years to gauge the achievement of the walleye and yellow perch hatches.
The Division of Wildlife’s 2019 August walleye hatch index was 143. This is the second-highest worth on record for Ohio’s waters of the western basin and far above the 20-year index typical of 27. This year’s outstanding hatch combined with the outstanding 2015 and 2018 year-classes will assure an abundance of young walleye to complement the older and bigger fish that make up the existing Lake Erie walleye population.
The August survey identified the 2019 yellow perch hatch index to be incredibly fantastic at 467. This is above Ohio’s western basin 20-year index typical of 317 and is the fifth year in the previous seven that falls above the typical. This above-typical yellow perch hatch will assistance bolster the population following a sturdy 2018 hatch in the western basin. Furthermore, catches of yearling yellow perch have been almost double the 20-year typical and confirm the strength of final year’s class.
For the duration of the upcoming months, Ohio survey benefits will be combined with Ontario information to characterize the basin-wide catches of young-of-year walleye and yellow perch. This information permits biologists to calculate an initial projection of how quite a few young fish will enter the fishable population two years later, which will be made use of in the approach to ascertain jurisdictional quotas for the 2021 fishing season.
Central basin benefits for walleye and yellow perch will be readily available later in 2019.