According the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Department of Wildlife, a 15-inch minimum size limit on walleye, sauger, and saugeye is being considered for 16 inland waterways. Each of Ohio’s five wildlife districts will hold open houses on Saturday, March 6, 2010, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity for the public to provide input. The central Ohio district will hold its meeting at Central Ohio Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus (614) 644-3925. For directions to the meetings planned for offices in Athens, Akron, Findlay, visit the Division of Wildlife’s website or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).
A statewide hearing on the proposed changes will be held at the District One Office at 9:00 a.m. on March 4, 2010. The hearing is open to the public. The Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposal when it meets on April 7, 2010. If approved, the new regulations would go into effect March 1, 2011.
Lake Erie currently has a 15-inch size limit on walleye, with a daily bag limit of 6 fish per angler. The limit will drop to 4 fish per angler on March 1, 2010 through the end of April.
Proposed Waterways for New Regulations
Proposed waterways for the 15-inch size limit include Acton, Alum Creek, Atwood, Buckeye, Caesar Creek, Ferguson, Findlay 1 & 2, Indian, Lake Snowden, Metzger, Piedmont, Pleasant Hill, Rocky Fork, Seneca, Tappan, and West Branch.
For more information about the hearing, open houses, or proposed regulations, contact:
Jim Lehman, Law Enforcement, Division of Wildlife, (614) 265-7093 or Ray Petering, Fisheries Management, Division of Wildlife, (614) 265-6345.