- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new survey by the state Department of Environmental Conservation shows anglers are getting good fishing results in lakes Erie and Ontario.

New York’s 2014 Great Lakes angler surveys indicate Lake Erie experienced the greatest level of fishing participation in 12 years, with anglers spending about 370,000 hours fishing there. The majority sought walleye, yellow perch and bass. The DEC says walleye and yellow perch catch rates were the highest seen in the 27-year survey.

Lake Erie anglers caught about 212,000 yellow perch and 62,000 walleye.

For Lake Ontario, anglers reported the best trout and salmon fishing on record.

Six species of trout and salmon are stocked by DEC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Lake Ontario. Anglers reported catch rates 20 percent above average for all trout and salmon species combined.

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