2018 Was a Very Good Year For Fishing, Outdoors
3 weeks ago by Keith Worrall 50
Modified Dec 28th, 2018 at 2:14 PM
The past 12 months, representing 2018 in New York, was an above average year overall in the great outdoors. At the top of the list was the incredible walleye fishing on Lake Erie and the phenomenal salmon fishing on Lake Ontario. It appears both were record-setting, but we’ll have to wait until the final results come in. There were 3 state record catches, too, for walleye, crappie and long nose gar.
Lake Erie is riding high on several very strong year classes of walleye that include 2015 and 2016. In addition, a recent announcement from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources stated that the walleye catch rate for the agency’s fall assessments of the 2018 hatch is the highest that they’ve seen in the last 20 years. After a record catch rate for anglers in 2017 in New York, we’re anticipating another record catch and harvest in 2018. In 2017, the catch rate was .52 fish per hour, nearly three times the 30-year average. The 2018 numbers are being worked on now.
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