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Most of the refuge fishery resources are associated with Lake Erie, its wetlands and connecting tributaries. Some of the best walleye sport fishing in the United States is found offshore of the refuge. Lake Erie coastal wetlands support many open water species, such as walleye, through increased production of prey fish species (e.g., emerald shiner, gizzard shad). Coastal marshes support such species as northern pike, longnose gar, bullheads and crappies, whose dependence on aquatic vegetation has been well established. Additionally, near-shore and bay species such as gizzard shad, common carp, white perch, channel catfish and yellow perch can be found on the refuge. Fish is permitted from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

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