WCO Report for Erie County 05/27/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: May 26, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on May 26, 2009 at 22:37:03:

May 27th, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Boaters on the Lake and Presque Isle Bay found fairly good wind and wave conditions on Saturday and Sunday with the Monday giving way to rough and windy waters. Perch fishing is picking up in 30 to 40 feet of water off of Trout Run with a few limits of nice size fish brought in. Similar scenarios have been reported from the east side of town off the cribs in Harborcreek. As the Lake temperatures begin to break the 60 degree mark, we should start to see the perch starting to school and the walleye moving in. Patrols in West Erie County on Monday found a fair number of angers fishing the tribs for smallmouth bass and suckers with a fair amount of success. Although the tribs are very low right now, the deeper pools often hold schools of bass, catfish, and plenty of suckers. Current Lake Erie water temperatures are 62 degrees off Toledo, 55 degrees off Cleveland, and 56 degrees off the Port of Erie.

Walnut Creek Access:
As we have mentioned in the past few weeks, boaters coming into the Walnut Creek Access Area are finding things dramatically different. In a nut shell, when entering the access area at the large stop sign, all boats are to proceed straight instead of making the previous right hand turn. At the stop sign boaters are given instructions and it becomes a simple matter of following the posted signs. The system is designed to make the boat trailer traffic travel in one large, consistent loop and to not block automobile traffic entering the area to access the marina. Be advised there are a number of added stop signs in the appropriate areas of the pattern, all of which must be obeyed to keep the system safe for everyone. Additional parking has been added next to the east lot where the old boat barn was. As we go through the simple learning curve of the new pattern, your patience and consideration will be appreciated. We have seen a few mistakes and there will be more...old habits are hard to break, however, careful thought was put into the system in an effort to keep traffic flow moving. I have attached two identical diagrams of the new system to this weeks report. The first is a standard PDF file and the second is a TIF file that you should be able zoom in on for further detail. Both have been scanned for viruses

Another Fish For Free Day:
Fish for Free Days allow anyone to legally fish for Pennsylvania's most popular fish without a fishing license. Each year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. No fishing license is required to fish on Pennsylvania's waterways all day Saturday, June 7th, 2009. All other fishing regulations still apply.
Be Sure Your PFDs are in Good Serviceable Condition:
Check your PFDs often for rips, tears, and holes, and to see that seams, fabric straps, and hardware are okay. There should be no signs of water logging, mildew odor, or shrinkage of the buoyant materials. If your PFD uses bags of kapok (a naturally buoyant material typically found in many orange vest type PFDs), gently squeeze the bag to check for air leaks. If it leaks, it should be thrown away. When kapok gets wet, it can get stiff or waterlogged and can lose some of its buoyancy. Don't forget to test each PFD at the start of each season. Remember, the law says your PFDs must be in good shape before you use your boat. Ones that are not in good shape should be cut up and thrown away.

Children and PFDs:
Children panic when they fall into the water suddenly. This causes them to move their arms and legs violently, making it hard to float safely in a PFD. A PFD will keep a child afloat, but may not keep a struggling child face-up. That's why it's so important to teach children how to put on a PFD and to help them get used to wearing one in the water. To work correctly, a PFD must fit snugly on a child. to check for a good fit, pick the child up by the shoulders of the PFD. If the PFD fits right, the child's chin and ears will not slip through.PFDs are not babysitters. Even though a child wears a PFD when on or near the water, an adult should always be there, too. Parents should remember that inflatable toys and rafts should never be used in place of PFDs. Children 12 years of age and under are required by law to wear a size appropriate USCG approved PFD on boats 20 feet and less in length while underway and on all canoes and kayaks. The term "underway" would include drifting.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening...then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday...Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds around 10 mph...becoming northwest after midnight.

Friday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

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

Saturday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs around 70.

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

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Lows around 50.

Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

Tuesday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent

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