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New York Surveys Lake Erie Anglers

For the first time ever the Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit began its open lake angler survey in April instead of May to document the yellow perch fishery that seems to start earlier every year. Those who braved the conditions were rewarded with an average of 29 perch harvested per boat trip and a catch rate of 2.25 fish per hour in April, which are both well above the time series averages (13.5 perch harvested per boat trip; 1.49 perch caught per hour) for the survey. Over 17,000 angler hours were spent targeting yellow perch in April, nearly matching the total effort from May through October last year. Even with the great April perch fishing, only about 3 percent of interviewed anglers got their limit. Anglers were also out targeting pre-spawn smallmouth bass with solid success in April, catching bass at a rate of 1.15 fish per hour, which is slightly above the time series average (1.06 bass caught per hour).

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