Originally Posted by mattknay33
Well last year was great for me. During mid July, 3 fishing trips within a 5 day span we brought in 86 perch or so. And before those days we had multiple days of catching 12 to 15 jumbo from belmont.
I gather you are the Hipster's kin or you meant to type "mid June."
If you are talking about previous years, then yeah the fishing was good. Last year it was far from spectacular. We got fish, but not in the numbers of previous years.
There were a few days last year where I watched my Serb/Croat lake pals hammer some fish on softshells, (multiple limits taken) but that bite died out as the water warmed and the fish pushed deeper.
If anyone is interested there was a perch summit held and the results are in a pdf which can be downloaded.
To see a summary of the Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Summit, visit:http://www.glfc.org/lakecom/lmc/Lake...eport_2014.pdf
Here is another Article about what is happening in Wisconsin waters, and mind you that this is coming from a state that actually gives a **** about it's fishery.
"But since the perch crash, fewer people pursue the tasty fish. In 1992, anglers caught 886,496 perch in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan, including 346,117 alone in Milwaukee County, according to DNR figures. In 2013, anglers caught 8,830 perch in Lake Michigan, lowest on record."
These numbers are coming to a theater near you!
The fact that the lake bottom is now covered in mussels was bound to happen. The agencies designed to protect our interests are too often headed up by people that either don't care, lack the foresight or simply are not allocated the resources to to implement policies that would have protected the Great Lakes from the dumping of ballast water.
Is it a shame? **** right it is, but the people who could be held accountable are long gone and there is no sense in crying over spilt ballast water at this point in time.
What I don't like is being lied to.
IDNR Director Marc Miller announced the new administrative rule is effective today.*
“Perch anglers told us they want to be able to fish during the month of July, and this regulation change is intended to provide that opportunity,” Miller said. “We listened to anglers and experts alike during the Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Summit held March 22, 2014 in Chicago, and this rule change was developed as a result of that meeting.”*
The experts said no such thing and I can't think of too many shore anglers who know anything about perch fishing who were clamoring for the season to be open in July.
Well, we don't have Marc Miller to kick around anymore he's out and has been replaced by another stooge, Wayne Rosenthal.
Time for more pics of Delavaning bass.