In an attempt to restore Yellow Perch populations in the Saginaw Bay, the DNR is proposing new fishing regulations.
The regulations could cut the number of Yellow Perch you take home in half while at the same time doubling the number of Walleye you can catch.
Todd Grischke , Lake Huron Basin Coordinator for the DNR, said this is just one step in a long process.
“Yes, Walleye are feeding on Yellow Perch we know that. It’s very important that we don’t draw just a straight line from high walleye-low yellow perch. There’s alot going on there with yellow perch and were taking actions a lot of other management actions to address yellow perch.”
Grischke said fisheries are complex, every decision ripples through the ecosystem.
“This is not, uh you know, the silver bullet. Really, managing the Great Lakes is complex, and there are a lot of things in play. So were trying to do what we can to move in the right direction to help improve Yellow Perch population and Yellow Perch fishing.”
The regulations are scheduled to take effect in April of 2016.
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