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From the Editor

At this writing we're only a few days from Spring.  It has been a seemingly long winter.  Ice fishing was good on the Lake for those who ventured out.  Not me though.  As the years progress I don't find sitting in a shed in the cold all that much inviting.  Must be the age.

Won't be long now and the ODNR is predicting a good year for walleyes, perch and smallmouth.  The 2003 hatch was one of the best on record.  Good fishing should prevail for the next few years. 

Time to be thinking about preparing your boat for the season and about installing the latest gizmo that you may have purchased at the winter sport shows.  Personally, I've added a Garmin 238 combination GPS/fish finder to my boat.  I couldn't wait for spring though so I purchased a topographic map on CD, downloaded various regional areas close to my home into the data cartridge, and with a automobile power supply and antenna, I was able to use the darn thing all winter in the car.  Can't wait to get her on the water though where it really counts!

New fishing regulations take effect this spring.  For walleye, the daily bag limit between March 1 and April 30 will be reduced from four fish to three.  For all other times, the bag limit for walleye will remain at six fish per day.  Other new walleye regulations include a year-round size limit of 15 inches and the elimination of treble hooks in the Maumee and Sandusky Bays during the March-April spawning runs.

To help boost smallmouth bass reproduction, a closed season was also approved for the months of May and most of June, when the popular sport fish are laying eggs and guarding nests.  Anglers will be able to legally poses smallmouth bass beginning the third Saturday in June.

These regulations can only help make things better for all Lake Erie anglers for the future.  Conserving Lake Erie's fishery resources is critical.  We all know what happens when conservation is not practiced.  Remember the Blue Pike???

Let's go fishing!!