WCO Report for Erie County 11/11/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: November 11, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on November 11, 2009 at 08:26:19:

November 11th, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Conditions:

The Erie are definitely could use some rain. Although tributary levels are at reasonable levels, considering in years past we have seen them at barely a trickle, the fact is the water is crystal clear. Although these conditions are tough, they are by no means impossible. Shiners, single eggs, tiny jigs, and the sucker spawn patterns have all been trigger some strikes. Often time in these conditions, working the micro jigs can trigger an aggressive strike. The lightest of line and tippets is a must along with the smallest of hooks as down to size 18. If one spot isn't producing, try moving, looking for deeper pools or deep moving water where the fish have more cover. Many areas along lower Elk Creek have blown down trees, and deep pools giving needed giving the fish the cover they seek. Its no secret that if you can see the fish...they can see you. The Lakeshore at Trout and Godfrey Runs can be good places to try when the tribs are down and clear.

Perch are still hitting north of Walnut Creek and off the Point, wind and waves permitting.

Current West County tributary conditions as of Tuesday afternoon were low and very clear with little flow. Current Lake Erie water temperature is degrees.

Jimmy Dallas Sunset Garden Memorial Correction:
In last weeks report it was mentioned the the memorial commemorating the life of Jimmy Dallas was donated by the SONS of Lake Erie. The Memorial was in fact a collaborative effort by the Erie Sportsmen's' Coalition of Pennsylvania. This great organization is comprised of many outdoor sportsmen's clubs that together made this wonder memorial a reality.

Temporary Regulations Changes to Conneaut and Turkey Creeks:
On October 26, 2009, Act 40 of 2009 will go into effect. This act amends section 2907.2 of the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa. C.S. �2907.2 (relating to Lake Erie fishing permits), to provide that a special Lake Erie permit is required to fish in Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries, including waters that flow into those tributaries, instead of �the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries� only. This amendment requires anglers, effective October 26, to procure a Lake Erie fishing permit in order to fish in Conneaut Creek, Turkey Creek and their tributaries when previously one was not required because although these streams begin in Pennsylvania, they enter Lake Erie in Ohio. Although a Lake Erie permit will be required to fish these streams, Act 40 also provides that proceeds derived from their sale may now be used to fund projects on those waters.

The Commission�s regulations at 58 Pa. Code �65.24 (relating to miscellaneous special regulations) currently provide that a Lake Erie permit is not required on Conneaut Creek, Turkey Creek and their tributaries. In order to be consistent with the new law, this section must be amended to remove that language.
In addition, the Commission currently applies the seasons, sizes and creels limits applicable to Lake Erie and its tributaries under �69.12 (relating to seasons, sizes and creel limits � Lake Erie and Lake Erie tributaries) to the portion of Conneaut Creek that flows through Erie County. However, the Commission applies the seasons, sizes and creel limits applicable to Commonwealth inland waters under �61.1 (relating to Commonwealth inland waters) to the portion of Conneaut Creek and its tributaries that flow through Crawford County except with regard to salmon and
steelhead that are addressed in �65.24. In order to be consistent with the new law, �65.24 must be amended to remove the existing language. With this change, the Commission will apply the Lake Erie seasons, sizes and creel limits to the entire length of Conneaut Creek and its tributaries. The Commission is actively developing a viable steelhead fishery in Conneaut Creek by annually stocking smolts.

The Executive Director of the Commission, acting under the authority of 58 Pa. Code �65.25 (relating to temporary changes to fishing regulations), has taken immediate action to amend �65.24 as follows. This temporary modification will go into effect on October 26, 2009 and will remain in effect until the Commission, by appropriate action, rescinds the regulations.

Support Your Local Sportsmens' Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their next meeting at 7 P.M. Wednesday November 11th, at the American Legion Post 773 at 4109 West 12th Street in Erie. This is on the south side of West 12th Street (State Route 5), just east of the Erie Airport. The public is welcome.


Hunting Season
With hunting season upon us and regular 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.

Littering: The littering messages are not getting through especially at the Walnut and Elk Creek Accesses. With dumpsters at every corner of the Walnut Creek parking lot, there is no excuse for anything left on the ground. All area officers are always on the watch for litter problems and maximum fines will be levied for any such violations. Take a responsibility for the area you are fishing and take a little extra trash to the dumpster, even if wasn't yours. It will make you feel good and a little effort by everyone will go a long way towards keeping our area a little cleaner and fishing access open to the public.

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Clear. Lows in the lower 30s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60.

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

Saturday...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 60. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 50s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows around 40.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 40s.

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

Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 40s.




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