WCO Report for Erie County 03/23/2005: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: March 22, 2005

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on March 22, 2005 at 22:46:21:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Meltdown continues around the area with nearly all the the tributaries open and running. Recent rain along with slightly warmer temperatures have brought some fresh fish in but no big numbers reported at this time. Water levels are high around the access areas and targeting these areas for fresh fish may be worthwhile. With additional rain and warmer temperatures through out the week, we could see some additional steelhead movement.
Fair catches can be found upstream on most of the tribs typically south of route 5 up and beyond Route 20.

A few hearty anglers were found fishing the open water in the Erie channel between Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. This is a good time of to target Burbot from both the North and South piers along the channel.

Ice on Presque Isle Bay is melting fast with reports on Tuesday of a few inches to 7 or so inches of soft unstable ice with considerable slush and water. Anglers are advised that ice conditions are varied and are now considered unsafe per the Coast Guard. There have been a number of reported fall throughs on Presque Isle Bay this week. Rain and warm daytime temperatures this week may bring the hardwater season to an end by the weekend.

On the bright side, ice out typically means the beginning of an abundance of slab crappie in and around Presque Isle Bay.

Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 33 degrees. Current tributary conditions as of this writing are high and flowing with good color.

Perch Size Reminder:
The minimum size for Perch for Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay changes form 7" to 8" effective April 1st. The limit of 20 fish per day remains the same.

Millcreek Mall to Improve Litter Control Along Walnut Creek:
At the request of the President Jerry Skrypsak and the SONS of Lake Erie, the Cafaro Company, owners of the Millcreek Mall, have agreed to plan to improve the prevention of litter entering Walnut Creek from the Milcreek Mall Parking area. The company made a quick response and is eager to help improve the situation. Walnut Creek runs along the South side of the Millcreek Mall and is often a catch basin for parking lot debris and litter. Much of this debris easily reaches Lake Erie. The plan is to include improved fencing to better retain litter along with a better schedule by Mall maintenance crews to police the area on a more regular basis.

2005 Great Pennsylvania Clean up, What's Happening Locally:
April 23rd will be the day of the 2005 Great Pennsylvania Clean Up. greatpacleanup: Great PA Cleanup Home Page Many Erie area clubs are helping to support this event.

Of particular interest to local anglers is the clean up effort sponsored by the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association. The Association will be holding their annual cleanup drive to coincide with the Statewide event. Their efforts will concentrate on litter collection along the area tributaries, an effort that will not only contribute to the beautification of the area but will go along way in promoting good land owner relations and future public access. The meeting places will be Walnut Creek Office and Poor Richard's East for those interested in concentrating on the tributary streams. Bags, gloves and containers will be provided. Those interested in helping out, are asked to meet at either of these two locations by 10:00 am, Saturday, April 23rd. What a great opportunity to be part of the solution. Additional meeting places and contacts for other areas throughout Erie County are as follows:

Walnut Creek Marina Access: Lake Erie Tributaries
Manchester Road PA 16502
Group: Pennsylvania Steelhead Association
Number of Participants: 50. Number under 18: 20
Date: 04/23/2005 , Hours: As long as it takes.
Contact: Doug Kramer

Presque Isle State Park
P.O. Box 8510 PA 16505
Group: DCNR Presque Isle State Park
Number of Participants: 800. Number under 18: 400
Date: April 23, 2005 , Hours: 10:00am - 12:00 noon
Contact: Brian Gula

Harborcreek Community Park
Firman Road Entrance PA 16421
Group: Harborcreek Township
Number of Participants: 200. Number under 18: 150
Date: April 23, 2005 , Hours: 9 AM to 12 Noon
Contact: Kenneth C. Springirth

I 90 & I79 interchange
I-90 & I-79 PA 16509
Group: National Wild Turkey Federation
Number of Participants: 20. Number under 18: 0
Date: subject to change , Hours: 4-5
Contact: Theresa L. Letkiewicz

Brown's Farm/Walnut Creek
5774 Sterrettania Road PA 16506
Group: Asbury Woods Nature Center
Number of Participants: 30. Number under 18: 15
Date: April 23, 2005 , Hours: 9:00-12:00
Contact: Julie Blackman

Baker Creek within Borough limits
31 W. Main Street PA 16428
Group: Baker Creek Watershed Association
Number of Participants: 45. Number under 18: 30
Date: May 7, 2005 , Hours: 9 AM to Noon
Contact: Diana Hatfield

Road Cleanup
Rts. 20 and 426 PA 16428
Group: North East Exchange Club
Number of Participants: 15. Number under 18: 6
Date: April 23, 2005 , Hours: 9 AM to Noon
Contact: Diana Hatfield

City of Erie Municipal Complex - Collection Site
1926 Holland Street PA PA
Group: Day of Caring, CIty of Erie & United Way
Number of Participants: 500. Number under 18: 400
Date: 04/23/2005 , Hours: 8am - 1pm
Contact: Brenda Lea Borgia

Road Cleanup
Rts. 20 and PA 426 PA 16428
Group: North East Exchange Club
Number of Participants: 15. Number under 18: 6
Date: April 23, 2005 , Hours: 9 AM to 12 Noon
Contact: Gerry Alonge
(814) 725-4886

Mercyhurst North East
Rt. 89 north-Rt. 5 PA 16428
Group: Mercyhurst North East College
Number of Participants: 25. Number under 18: 0
Date: 4/23/05 , Hours: 10am-2pm
Contact: Stephen F Szwejbka

All of Erie County
Along state roads PA 16441
Group: Keep PA Beautiful Erie County PENNDOT
Number of Participants: 2500. Number under 18: 1500
Date: 04/23/2005 , Hours: 8 am to 3 pm
Contact: Theresa L. Letkiewicz

Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The SONS of Lake Erie have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 28, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the East Erie Turners, 9th and Parade Streets in Erie. The public is welcome to attend.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain in the evening, then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. East winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower 30s.
Friday through Saturday
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs around 50. Lows in the mid 30s.
Saturday Night and Sunday
Mostly cloudy. Lows around 30. Highs around 50.
Sunday Night and Monday
Partly cloudy. Lows around 30. Highs in the mid 40s.

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