this is going to suck from the Plain Dealer Lake Erie Perch Limit cut to 25 in Western Basin Lake Erie Perch Limit cut to 25 in Western Basin Posted by D'Arcy Egan January 22, 2008 16:59PM Categories: Outdoors The Ohio sport fishermen's daily bag limit for yellow perch on Western Lake Erie will be trimmed from 30 to 25 fish per day on July 1. There will be a corresponding cut in the commercial fishing industry's allowable perch harvest. "Preliminary indications are that yellow perch stocks in the Western Basin are lower than last year," said Deputy Chief Jim Marshall of the Division of Wildlife. "We need a lower harvest in 2008, especially during the fall perch fishing season, to make sure we continue to have viable stocks of yellow perch in Western Lake Erie." The Western Basin includes Ohio waters from the Michigan border to a north-south line off Huron. The sport fishing daily bag limit will remain at 30 perch in the Central Basin of Lake Erie, which includes the Cleveland area. Catch estimates from 2007 and perch samplings by fisheries biologists from Ohio, surrounding states and Ontario have documented the slump in the perch population in the western portion of Lake Erie. With good hatches from spawning perch over the last two years, Marshall said Ohio officials are hopeful the bag limits and commercial fishing quotas will return to 2007 levels in 2009. The reduced commercial fishing quotas will be presented to Ohio's commercial fishing industry at a meeting on Friday in Port Clinton. "The timing couldn't be worse," said Marshall, with the DOW is implementing new commercial fishing regulations, including the use of monitoring equipment, mandated by 2007 legislation.