Excellent Walleye and Perch Hatches in Lake Erie

The Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit of the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources announced in September that the walleye and yellow perch hatches—as determined by their Western Basin bottom trawls—look very favorable this year.

This news was expected, yet confirmation of angler observations was still welcomed. For months, rumors of cannibalistic walleyes with bellies full of their own species was reported by fish-cleaning houses during the summer. Recently, anglers targeting yellow perch have been catching multiple baby walleyes each trip.

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