2014 Lake Erie walleye & perch fishing forecast

Captain Jim caught a 9 pound Lake Erie walleye while fishing aboard the charter boat Stray Cat in June

Captain Jim caught a 9 pound Lake Erie walleye while fishing aboard the charter boat Stray Cat in June

Walleye Fishing:

There maybe fewer walleye in Lake Erie than in the 1980s, but the lake is still one of the best walleye fisheries in the world, according to wildlife official’s.
Good healthy numbers of walleye in the lake indicate good fishing for the 2014 season, said Chris Vandergoot, fisheries biologist supervisor at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Sandusky Fish Research Station.
“Just because the population has declined doesn’t mean the catch rates aren’t good,” Vandergoot said earlier this month at Ohio Sea Grant’s annual charter captains conference in Huron. “They continue to consistently be above catch rates for North America.”
“Catch rates here continue to be and have historically been very good.” “It’s a great fishery,” Vandergoot said.
  The catch rates for walleye on Lake Erie are almost double compared to the rest of the country and Canada.

 

 

Krull Construction Lake Erie perch charter trip on the Stray Cat Luna Pier, MI

Krull Construction Lake Erie perch charter trip on the Stray Cat Luna Pier, MI

Yellow perch fishing:
The catch rate for yellow perch on Lake Erie is very good, Vandergoot said.
The population will remain strong and be dominated by perch ages 4-7, those fish are about 6 to 12 inches long.