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Out of Erie, PA

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Regulations for Lake Erie, Lake Erie Tributaries, Presque Isle Bay
and Peninsular Waters

SpeciesSeasonsMinimum Size Daily Limit
Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge (Hybrids)Open year-round 40 inches 1
Northern PikeOpen year-round 24 inches 2
WalleyeJan. 1 through March 14 and May 3 through Dec. 31 15 inches Established annually by April 15

Bass*
Largemouth
Smallmouth

Jan. 1 through April 11 and June 14 through Dec. 3115 inches 4 (combined species)
April 14 through June 15* 20 inches 1
Yellow PerchDec. 1 through March 31
7 inches

Established annually by April 15

Established annually by April 15

April 1 through Nov. 30 None
Sunfish, Crappies, Catfish, Rock Bass, Suckers, Eels, Carp, White BassOpen year-roundNo minimum 50 (combined species)
Burbot (when taken by scuba divers by use of non-mechanical spears or gigs at a depth of at least 60 feet)June 1 through Sept. 30 No minimum5
Burbot (when taken by hook and line)Open year-roundNo minimum5
Smelt (when taken by hook and line) Open year-roundNo minimumNone
Trout and Salmon** Jan. 1 through April 10
15 inches 3 (combined species), only two (2) of which may be lake trout
8 a.m. April 12 through Sept. 2
9 inches 5 (combined species), only two (2) of which may be lake trout
Sept. 3 through April 10, 201315 inches 3 (combined species), only two (2) of which may be lake trout
Baitfish/Fishbait (except Mussels/Clams)Open year-roundNo minimum50 (combined species)
Mussels/ClamsCLOSED YEAR-ROUND
SturgeonCLOSED YEAR-ROUND
Spotted GarCLOSED YEAR-ROUND