Walleye (Sander vitreus)
Walleye are the largest member of the perch family. They lack the distinctive vertical bar makings of the yellow perch and have fan-like canine teeth. These battling fish are exciting to catchdelicious to eat and because they feed actively all winter, they provide a fine year-round sport fishery.
(Perches and darters)
Other Names: Pickerel, yellow pike, walleyed pike, white salmon
Adult Size: Typically 14-22 inches, can reach 36 inches. Usually weighs 2-4 pounds, can reach 16 pounds.
Typical Foods: Gizzard shad and other small fishes.
Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)
(Perches and darters)
Other Names: Lake perch, ringed perch
Adult Size: Typically 5-12 inches,
can reach 16 inches. Usually weigh 0.25-1 pound, can reach a little over 2
Typical Foods: Aquatic insects, larger invertebrates, and small
Walleye and Perch regulations Lake Erie
2015 Map of Walleye Regulations for Lake Erie and the Connecting Waters
The daily possession limit for walleye in Michigan's waters of Lake Erie will remain at six beginning May 1 and effective through April 30, 2016.
Michigan's daily creel limit for walleyes on Lake Erie is based on its share of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the lake, which is determined by the Lake Erie Committee under the guidance of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The TAC is generally based on overall abundance of walleyes; the committee establishes quotas for each jurisdiction based on the percentage of habitat for adult walleyes in each jurisdiction's waters of the lake. The daily limit is based on a formula that projects how many walleyes anglers can keep but still remain within the quota.
The Total Allowable Catch for Lake Erie for 2015 is 4.114 million fish, making Michigan's quota 240,000 fish.
Walleye 6 15 inch minimum thru April 30, 2016
Yellow Perch 50 No size limit
UPDATE! 2015 Lake Erie Bag Limits for Walleye and Yellow Perch [pdf 1,362Kb]
These regulations apply to the Ohio waters of Lake Erie, its embayments including Maumee Bay, Sandusky Bay, East Harbor, Middle Harbor, and West Harbor, and tributaries to the first dam, or designated landmark as follows: Vermilion River to St. Rt. 2 bridge; Black River to St. Rt. 611 bridge; Rocky River to Detroit Rd. bridge; Cuyahoga River to Harvard Rd. bridge; Euclid Creek and Chagrin River to St. Rt. 283 bridge; Arcola Creek, Wheeler Creek, Cowles Creek, and Indian Creek to U.S. Rt. 20 bridge; Grand River to St. Rt. 535 bridge; Conneaut Creek to Main St. bridge (downtown Conneaut); Ashtabula River to E. 24th St. bridge. All "statewide" regulations apply to Ohio waters of Lake Erie except for those listed below:
Walleye 6 (May 1 – last day in February)
4 (March 1 – April 30) 15 inches
Yellow Perch 30 No size limit