The perch fishing on Lake Michigan is great and has been great for a while now the problem for most anglers is being able to get out to where they’re at. The winds on the south end are a constant battle for the right conditions. But when conditions and water clarity are good it is game on.So why are these conditions not affecting the walleye population throughout the lake? Easy, the majority of Lake Erie walleye are migratory, and they get to enjoy the best of both worlds. They get to hatch and grow in the western basin which is currently packed with the plankton needed during this vital time. Once established they then migrate throughout the entire lake to cleaner/cooler water. Meaning the effects of poor water conditions (lack of plankton) in the eastern 2/3 of Ohio does not necessarily affect numbers of mature fish in those areas. Perch are not migratory fish, they spawn, grow, and live in a relatively local area in which they were born. Currently, the eastern 2/3 of the state simply does not have the water conditions available to allow perch populations to thrive. These conditions most likely explain the decrease in emerald shiner populations as well. It only takes a few bad recruitment classes to have a huge impact on spawning success. Lake Michigan has been dealing with this since the mid 90’s and their perch population has been decimated.
the Comorants do eat a crapload of them, but most of those buggers are in western basin, the islands in particular, don't think they like to fly very far for dinner, and that perch population at least seems to be holding its own ... the netters must pay lobbyists a boatload to keep their permits and licenses, it's a few jobs but can't be that many, and they're not even 12 month jobs, 7 - 8 months tops, and not particularly high paying either ... the results are obvious, but we're talking government agencies here, so takes a year or 6 for them to filter thru all the facts and if Canada continues to abuse, it doesn't make a lot of difference in the long run ... enforcement of existing rules for the netters and consequences for breaking them would go a long way, the pictures of dead fish floating around that were to small to keep is a shameful waste ... we could stop it ourselves if we just stop buying the perch for $17+ a pound, let them sell it in Canada ...I will look for and post pic of dead cormorant guy cut open with 100 baby perch in it. Its in computer somewhere,I will post as soon as I find it.
laugh no, it's been quite a while, I haven't been there in probably 20 years, I try to stay away from that insanity as much as possible ... but I know they're branching out all over ... not sure what the big conservation issue is with them, they certainly aren't in any sort of endangered species territory, ought to be able to thin that herd pretty easy ...Bait Guy. I guess you have never been around Edgewater to see all the Comorants around C-Town. There are lots.
just a note that the article is from 2003. has been an issue for some time i guess... what has happened there (in NY) since 2003? more or less birds and fish status?Heres what a few New Yorkers did to help control them
Shoot-out at Little Galloo | Science | Smithsonian Magazine
I would love to see the data to back that up. I can provide plenty of data that says otherwise if you would like. Again the data is available if you look for it. Except for a few bays off the main lake and some very localized waters the perch fishing in Lake Michigan has been decimated for the last 20 years.The perch fishing on Lake Michigan is great and has been great for a while now the problem for most anglers is being able to get out to where they’re at. The winds on the south end are a constant battle for the right conditions. But when conditions and water clarity are good it is game on.
it is very easie to figure out where is the problem.We have plenty of cormorants in PA waters too. We have had them for years. While they do eat some perch, I don't think they are the cause of the major plummet in numbers. In 2018 we were catching limits of perch with little effort here in PA. Over the last 2 years we have targeted them maybe 6 times and haven't caught more than a half dozen per trip.
Thanks. Comments sent. I am skeptical that anything will come of it, but I think everyone who has an opinion on this matter should send in their comments. With the sharing of the link, laziness can’t be an excuse!