I, and many of my fishing friends, am strongly against s If you are going to change the bag limits for the summer months, you have to consider equal changes in March and April. When you increased the spring bag limits, I thought that was a mistake and now you may be considering lowering the summer bag limit.
ODNR told me the spring harvest is only about 4 percent of the total allowable catch. Consider there are about 100 charter boats between Port Clinton and Toledo. Several charters have multiple boats, including one with 10. These boats are within 20 to 45 minutes from the reef spawning area and run two or three trips a day. Say only 50 of these boats can run two trips, 35 of the 61 days of the spring spawning season. At seven fishermen per boat, that is 98,000 walleye. Is our total allowable catch one million? I see almost 10 percent of the TAC taken in the spring.
River and pier fishermen generally can't go out into the reefs. They should be exempt from the lake bag limits or have a different bag limit.
Consider the economic impact of the spawning season fishing. How many motels and restaurants are there between Port Clinton and Toledo? What you see are condos rented out to the fishermen from the charter captains. They and their families sometimes clean the fish and serve dinners to their clients. What economic impact? Maybe the gas and bait.
Let's keep the bag limits in March and reduce or increase in equal portions for the spring spawning season and the summer season. I've talked to several charter captains and marina owners who would prefer a closed season during March and April on the lake, for walleye, to include the tournaments.
Why should I buy a fishing license March 1 when I won't know what the regulations are until May 1? Maybe I might not want to fish or put my boat in the water. Economic impact?
Please don't let the summer fishermen pay for the greed of the spring spawning fishermen.
Anthony J. Novak