WCO Report and Photo for Erie County 06/02/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 01, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 01, 2010 at 22:35:46:

Spent their honeymoon fishing Lake Erie (her idea)

June 2nd, 2010

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com

The holiday weekend weather was beautiful with some minor rainfall late Monday afternoon. Calm Lake conditions had the boaters hitting the big water although boat traffic was noticeably down from years past. The question all weekend was "where are the perch?" Perch catches were sporadic with anglers still looking for the large schools. A number of anglers are claiming to be marking sizable schools at times although they just aren't consistently hitting hard yet. Boaters coming into the Walnut access showed a wide variety of catch rates for both Walleye and perch.. Bass anglers are still hitting them well both in the bay and out in the lake. Rising temperature forecasts over the next few weeks should begin to bring lake temperatures up and improve both the perch and walleye fishing. Bass fishing has been good in the tribs especially in the deeper slow moving pools. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 68 degrees.

Erie Safe Boating Day -- June 12, 2010 -- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Two thirds of victims that die in boating accidents die from drowning. 90 % of these victims were not wearing a life jacket. Eight of ten boaters who drowned were using boats less than 20' in length. 70% of reported fatalities occurred on boats whose operator had not received boating safety instruction (National Safe Boating Council)

The Erie Safe Boating Task Force will be holding their annual Erie Safe Boating Day. With financial support PA Sea Grant and Erie Safe Kids Coalition, the event will be held a Wolverine Park Marina located on the East side of Dobbins Landing from 9:00AM to Noon. Transportation by boat form Liberty Park to the event will be provided by the Presque Isle Aqua Bus.

Featured Events on Land Will Include:

Attend one of three life jacket and visual distress programs (9, 10, and 11AM), to be eligible for the FREE adult and child's lifejacket exchange (3 maximum as supplies last), and flare exchange program (3 maximum as supplies last).

Watch fire extinguisher demonstrations by Mike Rinn, retired Erie Fire Fighter, and practice putting out a fire with hands on instruction.

Talk to representatives from the US Coast Guard, the PA. Fish and Boat Commission, Towboat US, the Flagship Niagara League and other boating and public safety organizations. Browse through displays and pick up safe boating materials and boating course information.

Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a Day Sail in 2011 aboard the Flagship Niagara, a sail boat charter, a one year Lakeshore Towing membership, a boat paddle, and others. All donations will be used to offset costs of holding this event again next year.

Featured Events By SEA

Tour law enforcement and safety vessels dockside; US Coast Guard, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Lakeshore Towing and others

Prepare for the boating season by having your boat inspected by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary either on land or dockside at Wolverine Park Marina

The Erie Safe Boating Task Force is a voluntary alliance of Federal, State, and local organizations with interest in boating safety on the waters of Pennsylvania.

Active in the Erie community for the last 20 years, this group is comprised of US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Sea Grant, Hamot Medical Center, Lakeshore Towing, Commodore Perry Yacht Club, Erie county Drug and Alcohol Commission, Erie County Drug and Alcohol Council, Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies, Sail Erie Club, and the Flagship Niagra League.

For more information, contact Sherri Towell - Office 877-6035 or Cell 881-2425

Personal Floatation Devices:
A U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable PFD (life jacket) is required for each person on board. The personal floatation device must be size appropriate for the individual wearing it. In addition, one throwable PFD (seat cushion or ring buoy) is required on boats 16 feet in length or longer. Canoes and kayaks, regardless of length, are not required to carry a throwable PFD or throw bag, but whenever possible it is a good idea to have a throwable device on board.

Children 12 years of age and younger must wear an approved wearable PFD while underway on Commonwealth waters on any boat 20 feet or less in length and in all canoes and kayaks.

All water skiers and anyone towed behind a boat, personal watercraft operators and passengers, and sailboarders must wear a life jacket. Inflatable PFDs are not acceptable for these activities.

Wearable life jackets must be "readily accessible" or in the open where they can be easily reached. Throwable PFDs (cushions and ring buoys) must be immediately available or within arm's reach. A PFD stowed in a compartment or sealed in its original packing is not readily accessible or immediately available. We so often see brand new PFDs in there store wrappers buried under seats or n cabins where they would offer little use in an emergency.

Be Sure Your PFDs are in Good Servicable 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.

Fish for Free Days Again:
If you missed the first fish for free day, you can try again this Sunday, June 6th, the second of the two fish for free days this year. A fishing license is not required that day although all fishing regulations are in effect. Early weather predictions for this Saturday are calling for sun and temperatures in the mid 70's. Why not take introduce a friend or family to the great fishing opportunities that Pennsylvania and Lake Erie has to offer.

Local Weather

Wednesday Night...Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 15 to 20 mph...becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Thursday...Showers and thunderstorms likely. Not as warm with highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds around 10 mph...becoming north after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.

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

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

Saturday Night...Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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

Monday...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 60s.

Monday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 70.

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