WCO Report for Erie County 10/29/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: October 29, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on October 29, 2008 at 08:43:32:

October 29th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


The long dry spell was recently broken with some precipitation this past weekend however it was not significant enough to have much effect on the tribs. Generally conditions are still pretty low and clear in most areas. Steelhead have been able to work there way upstream above route 20 only to often get trapped in what few deeper pools there are. None the less, anglers have been making the best of it with many limits taken. Light line and small presentations are simply a must. There has been plenty of elbow room in the upstream areas with the crowded conditions remaining near the mouths and access areas. Wind and extreme wave conditions combined with gale force winds have kept boaters off the lake. Waves were hitting 12 to 14 feet as of Tuesday afternoon. Current West County trib conditions are low and clear with some flow. Current Lake Erie water temperature off the Port of Erie is 56 degrees.

Walnut Creek Basin:
Weather permitting, the docks and launch ramps are scheduled to be removed this week with the Walnut Creek Marina basin schedule to be open to fishing on Friday October 31st. Costumes are optional. The Walnut Creek Basin can provide great fishing, especially with the low trib conditions we are experiencing. The basin is handicap accessible and is a great place for the kids to fight that first steelhead. Restroom facilities are close by along with a a place to warm up, phone service, ice, information, and fishing licenses.

Law Enforcement:
With the low and clear trib conditions, the temptation to keep foul hooked fish increases along with snagging violations and other poaching problems. Area officers along with additional officers from around the Commonwealth have been busy with a good number of these cases. Litter has been a serious problem, especially around the crowded access areas. Officers typically will use a zero tolerance policy with regards to any of these types of problems. Anglers are again reminded that sleeping over night at the Walnut Creek access is considered camping and can be subject to fines.

Hunting Season:
With hunting season upon us and deer season right around the corner, anglers are reminded that wearing some type of bright clothing especially in the remote areas of the tribs will help keep you out of hunters sights. There is no special rule or regulation on this but a little blaze orange makes good sense in any wooded area this time of year. Many of the upper areas of Elk and Crooked Creeks run through prime hunting areas

Walnut Creek Marina Wall Update from Christie Ferrier:
The wall is filling up! We still have room however, for Memorials, a Birthday, Christmas, or Anniversary gift. The Holiday season is rapidly approaching and for those hard to buy for friends and family, consider a memorial paver as a long lasting gift which all can enjoy seeing for many years to com.

There are only four of the large capstones left on the garden side of the wall. These are much larger than the pavers and can be yours for $325.00 each. If you have not been to the Walnut Creek Marina in a while, stop and see the garden and the wall and see what some to the pavers say. Many are very touching, some are quite humorous, but all are interesting.

While the Walnut Creek Officer is still open, you may pick up a brochure in the office or get in touch with me at the addresses below. The proceeds from the sale of the pavers and capstones go into a non profit fund at the Erie community Foundation to pay for upkeep and maintenance of the garden wall for perpetuity.

Christie Ferrier, phone 814-474-2577, email, cbfbeach@mac.com

Local Weather:

Wednesday...Rain or snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Snow accumulation an inch or less. Very windy with highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain or snow showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 40. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Friday...Mostly sunny in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Not as cool with highs around 60.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.

Saturday...Partly sunny. Cooler with highs in the upper 40s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday...Mostly sunny. Highs around 50.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

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

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

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