WCO Report for Erie County 09/10/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: September 10, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on September 10, 2008 at 08:59:26:

September 10th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

A little rain and night time temperatures in the 50's have put a few steelhead on the move. No great numbers yet, but enough to keep a few anglers busy over the last week. Fish have been entering the west county tribs at night with a few fish holding at Walnut Creek up and into the Project water holes. A number of nice fish were caught this past Sunday morning off the wall at Walnut and along the shoreline at Trout Run. Again the emphasis is a on small numbers.

Perch fishing remains good to great when the lake is calm. Walleye seem to be on the move although catches are still fair to good for those willing to find them.

Lake Erie water temperatures as of this writing are 69 degrees off Toledo, 70 degrees off Cleveland, and 69 degrees off the Port of Erie. West County trig conditions are low and clear with fishable conditions at or near the tributary mouths.

From Don Benczkowski, DEP, International Coastal Clean up 2008, Get Involved !:
Sunday September 20th is the date for the annual Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup. Locally there are 13 locations that will be targeted for cleanup. This highly successful annual event affords the public the opportunity to get involved and be part of the solution to the ever increasing problem of discarded trash and litter. The large turn out of volunteers annually yields staggering amounts of collected trash. In 2001, volunteers collected enough tires alone to out fit more than 31,000 cars !

"I want to thank any and all past and future volunteers, that make International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) a success. These volunteers, who may be anglers or hunters, and come from different backgrounds, are vital to this effort, and I want to share my appreciation for their tireless work and community service. ICC gives all who live in our area, a sense of responsibility before the cleanup, and a sense of accomplishment after it. All volunteers that step forward to assist in collecting and identifying trash, really DO make a difference in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Thanks once again, and I look forward to meeting many of you on September 20." ....Don Benczykowski, DEP

For more information you can call Don at 814-573-3565 or go to 2008 Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup

The location sites for cleanup and contact information are as follows:

Raccoon Creek Access Area
Jean Ganger
(814) 922-3785

2 Erie Bluffs State Park Brian Gula
(814) 833-7424
Elk Creek Access Area
Brian Zeppenfeld
(814) 825-6403

Walnut Creek Access Area
Glenn Mills
(814) 881-2685

5 Upper Walnut Creek/Asbury Woods Eric Hannes
(814) 835-5356
6 Presque Isle State Park Anne DeSarro
(814) 833-7424
Cascade Creek/Frontier Park
Robert Yates
(814) 449-7750

8 Up. Mill Ck/Belle Valley Presbyterian Church Doug Ebert
(814) 451-6745
9 West & East Bayfront/Liberty Park Sarah Galloway
(814) 870-1255
10 McDannel Run Sr. Pat Lupo
(814) 835-8069
11 Lower Four Mile Creek Dave Skellie
(814) 217-9014
12 Upper Four Mile Creek Dave Skellie
(814) 217-9014
7 Mile Creek - Glinodo Center
Sr. Annette Marshall
(814) 835-8069

14 Shade's Beach Krista Jelley
(814) 899-3171
North East Marina
Freeport Beach,
20 Mile Community Park
John Hallenburg
(814) 725-8659

Conneaut Boating Tragedy:
As many of you know, a tragic boat accident, accounting for three deaths, occurred 8 miles of so off the port of Conneaut, Ohio...certainly close enough to our area to hit home as to the power of Lake Erie and the importance of the right safety equipment for the right conditions. Although there has been a considerable amount of speculation as to exactly what happened and a lot of "what ifs" especially since the victims were wearing their PFDs, it is clearly important to emphasize the importance of proper safety equipment, communication ability, visual distress signals, a float plan to advise of a return time, the right boat, and most of all, careful attention to wind and wave conditions at all times. This time of year fronts move in quickly as we transition in to the Fall months. Wind and wave conditions can change quickly and be overwhelming. Our thoughts and condolences to the families of those involved.

Local Area Regulations:

Designated as Nursery Waters are Trout Run and its tributaries, Godfrey Run, Orchard Beach Run and Crooked Creek (where posted). It is unlawful to fish, wade or possess fishing equipment while in or along Lake Erie tributary streams designated as Nursery Waters.

Archery fishing or spear fishing is prohibited in or along Lake Erie tributary streams.

From September 2 until the opening day of trout season in April, all Lake Erie tributary streams are closed to fishing from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day except for Walnut Creek north of the Manchester Bridge and Elk Creek north of Route 5.

Anglers fishing the wall at the Walnut Access are required to yield their lines to boats entering and exiting the channel. Boats have the right of way.

It is unlawful to fish from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day within 50 yards of the mouth of both Trout Run and Godfrey Runs while fishing the Lake Erie shoreline.

Daily creel limit on Lake Erie and its tributaries is now 3 fish (any combination of steelhead, browns, or coho) with a minimum size of 15". Only 2 of the 3 may be lake trout.

Overnight camping (includes sleeping in parked cars or boats) is not permitted on PFBC controlled properties

Open fires are not permitted on any property with out expressed landowner permission (Statewide regulation)

Fish Eggs:
It is unlawful for a person to sell, offer for sale, purchase or barter any fish parts or fish eggs obtained from fish taken from Lake Erie and its tributaries (or any other Commonwealth waters including boundary waters). This prohibition does not apply to fish parts or fish eggs (1) lawfully taken and sold or offered for sale by holders of a Lake Erie commercial fishing license if the particular species of fish is authorized for taking by commercial licensees, or (2) those obtained from fish taken lawfully from waters outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming south 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

Friday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Friday Night...Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Saturday...Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday Night...Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Monday...Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 70. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 50s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 70.

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