WCO Report for Erie County 10/29/03: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: October 28, 2003

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on October 28, 2003 at 23:22:16:

WESTERN ERIE COUNTY / DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Steelhead fishing is at a peak right now. The Project Waters on Walnut continue to hold fish, although clear and crowded conditions have made catching them a challenge. The Manchester Hole is loaded with fish. Wall anglers have been doing fair to good on the wall and a surprising number of fish have been taken just east of the wall at the mouth of Walnut Creek. Boaters have been doing very well trolling just off shore when the Lake is cooperating. A variety of spoons have been the bait of choice for the boaters. Elk Creek from the mouth to route 5 has been hot lately. The last rainfall triggered a decent run on Elk Creek. Crooked Creek is producing well and is usually less crowded than Elk or Walnut, especially during the week. Anglers are doing well on a variety of baits although minnows seem to be popular right now. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 53 degrees.

Walnut Creek Access Area:
Lights have been added to the poles in the parking lot and the docks have been removed from the marina. Again, the marina basin will be open to fishing on Friday the 31st at 4:00 PM. Additional trash containers have now been added throughout the parking lot. Let's all try to use them.

Parking has been a real problem in many areas along the tribs and in particular along Avonia Road near Trout Run. Local media, both newpaper and television along with our weekly reports have repeatedly advised anglers that careless parking habits can and have resulted in traffic tickets and towing. Simply put, parking regulations in the Erie area are no different than any other area of the Commonwealth. Blocking roadways, parking on private property without permission, parking in posted or no parking areas, and parking in handicapped spots without proper identification are are violations subject to penalties and possible removal by state and local law enforcement.

Law Enforcement:
Erie PFBC officers have been busy with the large crowds. The most common violations have recently included snagging, fishing without a valid license, keeping fish in excess of the legal limit and netting fish from the Trout Run Nursery waters.

There have been numerous complaints from area residents along Walnut Creek regarding anglers not respecting their property rights. If the land or water is posted please move on through, you as the angler, have absolutely no right to be there. PSP and the PFBC have been responding and explaining to these inconsiderate people that they must move on. This will cease and desist and citations will now be issued instead of asking those individuals to move on. We will not allow a few stubborn anglers to jeopardize precious tributary access for the majority.

Congratulations to Local Angling Icon Ed Kissell:
Edward Kissell of Erie has been named the recipient of the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award for 2003. The honor is the highest recognition the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission can bestow on persons who distinguish themselves in the cause of conservation. Ed is well known around the Erie Community as a friend to all anglers. His dedication to the local anglers, acquisition and protection of local fishing access, protection of our local watershed, and conservation of our natural resources are only a small part of the volunteered time and dedication that Ed has given to our area. On behalf of all the local officers that know him well, we wish him our most heartfelt congratulations. For the rest of the story go to PFBC News Release - 2003 Abele Award - Edward Kissell

Update on the Walnut Creek Marina Memorial Wall:
11 more spaces on the wall have just been engraved! If you ordered one this summer, please stop to see yours! The wall is starting to fill up. If you want one to remember or memorialize a friend or a family member, or to use as a Christmas gift this year, pick up an order form at the Walnut Creek Access office and mail it in.

Also, still available, 5 of the 7 large "cap stones" for completing and covering the top of the wall. If you have not seen the sample, stop in the Marina Administration building and take a look. The sample is on the floor by the large windows. These stones will be very visible and impressive. The prices for engraving the sides are listed on the poster by the stone. These will make VERY SPECIAL Christmas or Anniversary gifts. Imagine your great great grandchildren visiting the wall 50 to 100 years from now and seeing your name on that wall!

All the monies from the sale of the large "cap stones" and the smaller pavers on the wall goes to start an Endowment Fund with the Erie Community Foundation. The interest from this fund will ensure that the Wall and the Sunset Garden will continue in perpetuity for everyone to enjoy.

For more information you contact Christie Ferrier at (814) 474-2577 or email her cbfbeach@aol.com

Local Weather:

Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain early, then partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.
Thursday night
Mostly clear. Lows 45 to 50.
Partly cloudy. Highs 65 to 70.
Friday night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.
Partly cloudy. Highs 65 to 70.
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows in the upper 40s and highs in the upper 50s.
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain during the night. Lows in the mid 40s and highs in the lower 50s.
Election day
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows in the mid 40s and highs in the lower 50s.


WCO Russel has been on assignment and will be back with next weeks report.

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