Lake Erie

The world-famous Lake Erie is one of the most popular fishing spots in the United States. The lake is the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes in North America, and eleventh largest globally when measuring surface area.

The lake is home to one of the largest freshwater commercial fisheries in the world, and Lake Erie has the highest fish population of all of the Great Lakes. This is due to the lake’s relatively mild temperatures compared to the other lakes, as well as a plentiful supply of plankton, which is the building block of the fish food chain. This abundance all the way up the food chain has made the lake suitable for highly sustainable fishing, with this status having helped to keep away any industry which may harm the ecosystem of the lake.

Lake Erie is popular with sport fishing, although this has at times led to clashes with commercial fishermen, with both sides seeking state intervention. However, tensions have somewhat eased in recent years as commercial fishing has declined, in some part due to additional stress put on anglers due to the lake having an invisible border with Canada.

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