WCO Report for Erie County 04/16/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: April 15, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on April 15, 2008 at 21:01:52:

April 16th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


The opening day of the regular trout season for our area was a great one with typical Erie weather conditions in the 50s, windy and a little rain. The reasonable weather brought out the crowds. The new access areas at Rick Road and Sterrettania road were popular and the additional parking these areas provided along Elk Creek were welcomed. Anglers did well with a mix of stockies, steelhead and the occasional sucker. There are still steelhead in the tribs, but they are beginning to thin out. Good steelhead fishing can still be found along the Lake Shore at Trout Run, the access area on the west side of Elk Creek, and in the pools on lower Walnut Creek. Boats have been taking to the bay and doing some trolling off trout run. There are still a fair number of steelhead in the Bay. Crappie fishing on Presque Isle Bay has been hot and is nearing the peak. Current Lake Erie Water temperatures off Toledo are 47 degrees, off Cleveland, 39 degrees and off the Port of Erie, 40 degrees.

Walnut Creek Access Information:
The Walnut Creek Access Office is open weekends, April 18th, 19th, 20th, April 25th, 26th, 27th, and May 2nd, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Regular season hours begin on May 3rd. Regular season hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sundays 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The office offers licenses, information, loaner tackle, most all PFBC publications, snacks and beverages and restroom facilities.

The launch ramps are in at the Walnut Creek Access with channel dredging near complete.

Elk Valley Sportsmen's Annual Club Kids Fishing Derby:
The Elk Valley Sportsmen's Association will be holding its annual fishing derby for kids 12 and under at the Girard Boro Park pond on Saturday, May 4th. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM with great prizes and refreshments for the kids. This is a terrific event for the kids (and great entertainment for the parents) and is always well attended. This is a great introduction to fishing for the youngsters. Get there early for that "hot spot". Any child 12 years of age or younger is welcome to join in the fun. Fishing gear and help is available for those kids in need and refreshments for the kids are provided. Club members and PFBC officers are always on hand to help out. To get the Girard Boro Park turn north on Route 18 in Girard. Turn left on Lake street go several blocks and turn left at the Park Entrance (Lake Street). The pond is at the bottom of the hill. This is one of the most popular area fishing events of the season with plenty of fish to be caught..... don't miss it.

Another PFBC Basic Boating Course Offered:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be conducting a safe boating class on Monday and Wednesday, June 2nd and 4th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each evening. The class will be held at the Gem City Outddorsmen Club The club is located at 6701 Van Camp Road in Fairview. There should be plenty of room for anyone interested. This comprehensive 8 hour class is designed for the novice boater or boater to be, as well as the experienced boater who would like to refresh his knowledge and is especially recommended for the new boater and their families. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. Successful completion of the course qualifies the individual for a Pennsylvania boating education safety certificate (card). There is no charge for the course or materials, although registration is required. These classes typically fill up and early sign up is recommended. To register for this class, email DWCO Randy Leighton at rglerie@msn.com with your name, address, phone, age, and number of people you would like to register or you can phone WCO Brook Tolbert at (814) 774-4672
Upon successful completion of the course , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Certificate (card) if desired.
Do You or Your Family Need a Boating Safety Certificate?:
Boating Safety Certificates (Actually a plastic card) are required for anyone operating a personal watercraft (jet ski) and anyone born on or after January 1st 1982 operating a boat powered by motors greater than 25 Horsepower.

Trout and Salmon for Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and the Tributaries: Trout and Salmon regulations changed on April 12th for Lake Erie and its tribs. Minimum size is 9 in., with a creel limit of 5 (combined species).

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Clear. Not as cool with lows in the mid 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s.

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s.

Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s.

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