the dawn of the new millennium finally has arrived I’m reflective of what the
future holds for the sport fishermen of Lake Erie. I’m hopeful that Man will continue to respect this Great
Lake and do whatever is necessary to properly manage its fisheries so that all
future generations can enjoy what we do today.
Through the middle of this past century we witnessed
Man’s negative impact on the ecology and fisheries of Lake Erie.
In the 1950’s we looked the other way as the Blue Pike vanish from
Erie’s waters due to overfishing, by both commercial and sport fishermen.
Yes, remember the stories of weekend fishermen filling their boats with
‘buckets’ of Blue Pike? It is
now an extinct species.
During this same time we saw Erie ravaged by Man’s
excesses, driven by profit and greed, as hundreds of factories lined the lake
dumping every waste chemical in the book into it. This pollution killed off the perch and walleye fisheries
during the 50s, 60s and early 70s. What
few fish remained in the lake were unsuitable for eating with their flesh
tainted by deadly chemicals.
more recent years, Man has attempted to atone for his ecological sins by
legislating against pollution and forming fisheries agencies to manage Erie’s
resources. These efforts have
paid dividends by seeing a rebirth of Erie’s fisheries during late 70s, 80s
and 90s. I’m hopeful that
Man will continue this work well into the next millennium. Let’s not ever repeat our ecological mistakes of the past.
most recent fisheries management efforts come from our friends on the North
Shore. In January of this year the
Canadian Minstry of Natural Resources (MNR) announced a Five-Year Plan to
improve fishing in Eastern Lake Erie. The
plan calls for protecting walleyes from gill netters and sport fishermen during
the spawning season from March through Mid-May.
Protecting walleyes from gill netters?
Now there’s an oxymoron for you. The
plan also calls for reduced quotas of commercial harvests and reduced bag limits
for sport fishermen, both for walleye and perch.
Many sport fishing advocates say the plan, although a good start, does
not go far eneogh to protect the eastern basin fishery, which has been in rapid
decline the past two decades. I
would agree with this assessment and will continue to wonder why our Canadian
neighbors won’t just bite the bullet, as we did here, and simply BAN ALL
GILL NETTING ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!
a lighter note, as editor and publisher of this magazine, I took great pride in
preparing our computer systems for the Year 2000 and took every possible
precaution to guard against the now infamous millennium bug.
I tested our systems and software, purchased a new “Y2K” compliant
computer etc., etc. So
confident was I that everything would work just right come January 1st,
I didn’t even bother to stand watch over my computer in my home office during
the “Midnight Rollover”. Did
all my painstaking efforts pay off? Uh,
No! On that early January 1st
morning I discovered that a large contingent of very loyal subscribers showed up
on a report with subscription expiration dates of
September 1, 1900!! Don’t
panic. All is well now as the
expiration dates were quickly changed back to September 1, 2000.
the new Millennium we also are ushering in a new look to our Magazine cover.
The original “Fish in the Lake” cover (since 1995) has finally been
replaced with a new logo. Hope you
this issue we welcome Mark Hicks and Mark Martin to our staff of writers.
Both Marks are well known outdoors writers and bring years of experience
and knowledge of Lake Erie and walleye fishing with them.
Welcome aboard guys!
next time, good fishing!