WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
Angler numbers increased this past weekend along the shoreline at Trout Run along with a few tubers and boats trolling close to shore. Fish were porpoising at daybreak and evidence of a good number of fish close to shore is there although strikes were seldom. In short, it should be anytime with a few cool nights.
Perch fishing is still excellent off of Walnut Creek and Godrey runs. Good schools can be found in 55' to 67' of water.
Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 72 degrees. West County tribs are up a little and clear as of this writing.
Walnut Creek Project Waters:
Hurricane Frances Changes the Area:
Many of you are also aware that Route 5 at the bottom of the hill west of the Elk Creek Sports Store was washed out from the recent rains. The damage was extensive although some initial repairs have begun. It is unclear at this time as to how long the repairs may take. We will keep you posted as the repairs progress. Anglers traveling west on 5 to the Elk Creek Access on the West side of Elk Creek along with Crooked Creek will find detours posted for now. Access to the PFBC access area on the East side of lower Elk is unobstructed.
A Few More Regulations Pertinent To The Walnut Creek Access:
Boats have the right of way over fishing from boat launch areas or boat docks. It is unlawful for persons fishing from a boat launch area or boat dock to permit their fishing activity to interfere with boat traffic into and out of the boat launch area or boat dock.
Overnight camping, building or maintaining open fires, swimming, and picking, cutting, or digging flowers, plants, shrubs and trees is prohibited.
The leaving or disposal of any rubbish on Commission property is prohibited unless placed in containers, if provided for this purpose. Disposal of any refuse accumulated off Commission property is prohibited.
Any personal, organizational or commercial use other than normally intended fishing and boating activities is prohibited, except that the executive director or his designee may issue permits to organizations for the use of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission properties, when it is determined that such use will not damage Commission property and will not interfere with normal usage by others.
The removal or defacing of any sign, poster or property is prohibited, and it shall be unlawful to damage in any manner any lands or to interfere with any device or structure, or to alter or interfere with the flow of water over or through any structure.
No person may construct, place or maintain any structure, fixture or any other tangible property on or in Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property or waters without a permit from the executive director or his designee. Persons are further prohibited from encroaching upon Commission property in any manner incompatible with public use.
A vehicle properly registered and operated in conformance with the Vehicle Code (except all-terrain vehicles) is permitted on Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property on those areas that are open to vehicular traffic such as roadways, driveways, launch ramps and designated parking areas. It is unlawful to operate a vehicle on Commission property on (a) roads not open to the public, (b) in a negligent or reckless manner, (c) in a manner that obstructs or impedes public access to driveways, access roads and launch ramps, (d) in a manner not in conformance with the posted traffic control signs or devices, (e) on forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and lands under cultivation, and (f) on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers or streams. The use of off-road motorized vehicles, including trail bikes, Tote Gotes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), air-cushioned vehicles, track vehicles, hydrofoils and the like, is prohibited.
Snowmobiles may be used on Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property that has been designated for such use by the executive director and is so posted. The operation of snowmobiles on frozen lakes, ponds and streams is prohibited. Parking areas on Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property shall not be used for general snowmobile operation.
Walnut Creek Access, Channel and Basin- Boats have the right of way over shore fishermen. Fishing from boats is prohibited in channel and basin. Shore fishing is allowed in the basin ONLY at places and times designated.
Trespassing on Fish & Boat Commission property is prohibited where posted.
Walnut Creek Memorial Wall, Update from Christie Ferrier:
The regular pavers are also still available. If you are interested in one of these, the application forms are in the Administration Bldg. The 4x8's are $50 and the 8x8's are $100. All the proceeds from the sale of these pavers and the large cap stones go to the fund for the Erie Community Foundation so that the garden may be maintained into perpetuity for all who come to visit the Marina now and into the future.
I have 6 more orders for the pavers right now. These will be engraved sometime this fall before the weather changes. If you want a paver or cap stone for this year, let me know right away, otherwise all orders after this fall's engraving will be done late next Spring.
Please feel free to contact me about any of the above.
Christie Ferrier - 814-474-2577 ---firstname.lastname@example.org