Perch situation on Lake Michigan
I read the journal article.Don't know what's up with that.Have caught hundreds of perch this summer just very few keepers.Why does he always blame mussels?Never mentions the DNR let the lake get netted out of perch in the 1990's.Also have seen tons of 2-3 perch in the rocks.
Those numbers of alewives aren't accurate... I've had conversations with the guy who actually does the trawling. No doubt the numbers are down historically and are low - but the trout and salmon in the lake are surviving very well. I even pulled a 7" alewife out of a 24" coho (one of 12 alewives in this cohos belly). I don't think we're out of the woods yet. We've gotten extremely lucky we haven't had a harsh winter in a few years. That could've finished the alewives off. I'd still love to see the lake trout stocking stop, but that's a different conversation.
Anyways, back to perch. Don't think this article has been posted yet... Not looking good.
This says it all --- record weights in chinook that hadn't been seen in years, intense lobbying not reducing stocking no's of chinook in Wi, (successful). Maybe not such a good idea? Toss in the Quaggas, not looking good.
Jason, I was just talking about how walleye numbers are dropping in areas (a great example is Minnesota's Mille Lacs), due to over fishing and, I believe, mismanagement. Lowered bag limits and size limits on some Wisconsin lakes proves it.
I watch some or these shows and guys are boating 12 inchers where's there's no minimum...it just concerns me.
I've been fishing in Ontario where they've had a slot since the early 80s and fishing has gotten much better.
EDIT: Sorry, I didnt intend to make this a Walleye discussion.
I agree. And yes commercial harvest(some illegally) put a huge dent into lake Michigan's perch population. Add that to how much the lake has changed? Not sure if perch will ever recover, considering how strict regs have been over the last 15 years. If they were to rebound I figure it would have happened already. They have had ample time. However I don't know what you are speaking of with the walleyed? Am I missing something?
So, from what I've read the past years on this subject but never posted, my OPINION is...they were (and are) over-fished. Period.
It happened and is happening here on Lake Mendota, which was considered nationally as "A Perch Factory".
I dont think hook and line panfishing can deplete a species on Lake Michigan with a bag limit (except for cheating and poaching), so however much commercial (not charter) fishing was or is going on, had to really dig into the perch numbers.
Let's face it, what species do the majority of the anglers like to eat? Perch and Walleye, and look what's happening to Walleye.
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Haven't tried... I know I've got some buddies who slay them down in Illinois at certain times in the year. Here's a somewhat recent publication on the "Status of Yellow Perch in Lake Michigan 2016-2017". To sum it up - don't expect to catch many perch around Milwaukee anytime soon.