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Old 01-02-2017, 03:55 PM   #21
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The perch limit in Lake Michigan is 35. During the fall and winter the perch move into all lakes along the shore of Lake Michigan. The limit in the inland lakes is 50. Does'nt make since with two different limits. Some of the perch stay in the inland lakes year around and we call them yellow bellies-the ones that come out of Lake Michigan we call white perch. Ice fishing on these lakes like Muskegon Lake can be great.
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Old 01-03-2017, 07:06 PM   #22
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The limits make a lot of sense if you understand how they are calculated. There are 5 stakeholder on Lake Erie- Ohio, MI, Canada, Pennsylvania and New York. Each have representivative on a committee that dermines the maximum allowable catch for each species in the whole lake, each year. This is a very responsible way to manage resources for everyone and not have one stakeholder "take" more than their fair share. If for example Ohio gets 40% of the allowable catch for the year they use that figure to determine the limits per person. It's based on percentage of lake "owned" or within each border.

To your comments, Ohio has a lot of very productive fishing areas and more perch caught in Ohio than MI therefore our limits are lower due to number of people fishing and the productivity (catch rate). In short, we have limits to keep total catch per year below the allocated amount. Canada also has great fishing but less people fishing there. A fairly good portion of their allowable catch for walleye is allocated to commercial. Not sure about perch. I hate commercial guys up there setting nets around you but that's another story.

Michigan does have a lot of registered boats but they are spread out on Lake Michigan, Superior, St Clair and inland lakes. There are far more Ohio boats on Lake Erie compared to MI. But anyways it's based on allocation of catch and not number of boats.
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The limits make a lot of sense if you understand how they are calculated. There are 5 stakeholder on Lake Erie- Ohio, MI, Canada, Pennsylvania and New York. Each have representivative on a committee that dermines the maximum allowable catch for each species in the whole lake, each year. This is a very responsible way to manage resources for everyone and not have one stakeholder "take" more than their fair share. If for example Ohio gets 40% of the allowable catch for the year they use that figure to determine the limits per person. It's based on percentage of lake "owned" or within each border.

To your comments, Ohio has a lot of very productive fishing areas and more perch caught in Ohio than MI therefore our limits are lower due to number of people fishing and the productivity (catch rate). In short, we have limits to keep total catch per year below the allocated amount. Canada also has great fishing but less people fishing there. A fairly good portion of their allowable catch for walleye is allocated to commercial. Not sure about perch. I hate commercial guys up there setting nets around you but that's another story.

Michigan does have a lot of registered boats but they are spread out on Lake Michigan, Superior, St Clair and inland lakes. There are far more Ohio boats on Lake Erie compared to MI. But anyways it's based on allocation of catch and not number of boats.
Thank you , I couldn't of have 'splained better myself!
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:50 AM   #24
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Walleye123-Thank you for a very good explanation on limits. Your right that perch are hard to catch on Lake Michigan. Two areas that are great places to fish on LM are off South Haven and Grand Haven. I like the limit of 35 on Lake Michigan. When they move into Muskegon Lake and other lakes along the eastern shore in the fall and winter they're much easier to catch. As of yesterday both Muskegon Lake and White Lake were not frozen over completely. Both lakes had boat fisherman and both lakes are full of small perch out of the big lake. It was double after double but most in the 5 inch class. (Good sign for the following yrs.) It took a while to catch 35 good ones- 8-11 inches. Ice fishing will be good when we get enough ice. Thanks to all for your posts.
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This guy said this perfectly. I was about to jump all over the first page on the Canadian limits and then the the MI comment which was summed up perfectly here.

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The limits make a lot of sense if you understand how they are calculated. There are 5 stakeholder on Lake Erie- Ohio, MI, Canada, Pennsylvania and New York. Each have representivative on a committee that dermines the maximum allowable catch for each species in the whole lake, each year. This is a very responsible way to manage resources for everyone and not have one stakeholder "take" more than their fair share. If for example Ohio gets 40% of the allowable catch for the year they use that figure to determine the limits per person. It's based on percentage of lake "owned" or within each border.

To your comments, Ohio has a lot of very productive fishing areas and more perch caught in Ohio than MI therefore our limits are lower due to number of people fishing and the productivity (catch rate). In short, we have limits to keep total catch per year below the allocated amount. Canada also has great fishing but less people fishing there. A fairly good portion of their allowable catch for walleye is allocated to commercial. Not sure about perch. I hate commercial guys up there setting nets around you but that's another story.

Michigan does have a lot of registered boats but they are spread out on Lake Michigan, Superior, St Clair and inland lakes. There are far more Ohio boats on Lake Erie compared to MI. But anyways it's based on allocation of catch and not number of boats.
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