|HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 4) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced that the 2013 creel limit for Lake Erie yellow perch will remain at 30 per day and the creel limit for walleye will stay at six per day.
“This year’s assessment showed that both yellow perch and walleye populations remain stable,” said Chuck Murray, the PFBC’s Lake Erie biologist. “Based on this, the creel limits are being held at the 2012 limits.”
The PFBC adopted a new regulation last year which established adaptive creel limits for walleye and yellow perch based on the annual quotas established by the Lake Erie Committee, which consists of fisheries managers from Pa., Ohio, N.Y., Mich., and Ontario, Canada.
Under the regulation, the PFBC sets daily creel limits for these species by April 15 each year.
“Adaptive fishing regulations are based on the most recent fishery assessment results and are better aligned with the current status of the yellow perch and walleye stocks,” Murray added. “This regulatory flexibility gave fisheries managers the ability to change daily harvest limits prior to the onset of the summer boat fishing season on Lake Erie.”
Eric Levis, Press Secretary