Recent trips to Northwest Ohio to enjoy some ice fishing on Lake Erie proved to be costly ventures for six men – all but one of whom came from out of state.
In separate cases, the six were found guilty in Oregon Municipal Court of violating state regulations covering the legal length limits of fish taken from the lake.
Each man was fined $55 and had to pay court costs of $87.
|Oregon and Jerusalem Township Fire Department hosted an ice rescue drill at
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Three of the men were from Michigan and the other three were from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin.
According to court records, the violation dates were on Feb. 16, 22, 23 and 25.
The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and there is no size limit for yellow perch.
The ODNR’s Division of Wildlife issued a reminder Feb. 26 the daily bag limit for walleye dropped to four from six on March 1 and will be in effect until April 30.
“We just want to get the word out to anglers that the daily limit will be reduced,” said Kevin Newsome, wildlife officer supervisor. “There are a lot of anglers from throughout Ohio and other states coming up to Lake Erie and we want them to know about the change.”
He said it’s been several years since ice anglers have been able to be on the lake
this late in the winter season.
The daily bag limit of 30 for yellow perch also expires April 30.
Regulations for walleye, sauger, saugeye and yellow perch covering May 1 to Feb. 28 2015 will be set this spring at a meeting of the Lake Erie Committee.
The length limit for large- and smallmouth bass and spotted bass is 14 inches. A bag limit of five is in effect until April 30. Possession is prohibited from May 1 to June 27 and the bag limit of five goes back into effect from June 28 to Feb. 28, 2015.