WCO Report for Erie County 07/21/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: July 20, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on July 20, 2010 at 22:45:14:

July 21st, 2010

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

Hot and humid weather seems have been the catalyst needed to restart the perch and walleye action. Anglers have been doing very well with good schools of perch now off Walnut creek in 55 to 60 feet of water West to Trout Run. Walleye action has been very good. The lake has cleared after the storms from a few weeks ago. Anglers using planer boards and keeping the lines away from the boat seem to be having the greatest success. July and August is typically the month for the hottest action for both perch and walleye. When trolling for eyes, try varying your depths in search of suspended fish. Good action has been seen in the first trench north and west of Walnut Creek in 55 to 62 feet of water with many catches still being reported at depths of only 25 to 40 feet. Harnesses with live crawlers are still the most consistent. Current average Lake Erie water temperatures as of this writing are 77 degrees off Toledo, 75 degrees off Cleveland, and 78 degrees off Erie.

PFBC Access Area Reminder:
Individuals are reminded that swimming is prohibited on Fish and Boat Commission property. With the recent hot weather, folks have been spotted swimming in the Walnut Project Water holes and along the lakeshore off the Walnut Creek Access Area parking lots. Although this may be tempting, it is a violation of regulations and can be dangerous due to hooks and other terminal tackle that may be strewn along the bottoms of these areas.

Discover Presque Isle 2010 July 23 - 25th: Discover Presque Isle (DPI) is a three day outdoor festival which takes place on the last weekend of July at Presque Isle State Park. It is the primary fundraising event for the Presque Isle Partnership and is renowned for bringing together over a hundred quality food and craft vendors resulting in the areas largest outdoor arts and crafts show . With live music, athletic events, and fun multi-day events for adults and children of all ages, it is easy to see why over 100,000 people attend this exciting weekend event each summer. For more information, schedules, etc., go to Discover Presque Isle\

Law Enforcement:
Officers continue to find safety violations. This late in the season boaters should be well aware of the equipment needed for their particular vessel and the "rules of the road". The most common violations are lack of required PFDs as well as PFDs that are unserviceable. Badly torn PFDS, broken buckles and straps, and those with the stuffing coming out are all considered unserviceable. Regulations state that PFDs are to be "readily accessible". PFDs stowed in a cuddy cabin or storage hatch especially in the wrapper they came in are not considered readily accessible. Fire extinguishers must be on board any motorized boat with enclosed compartments that can accumulate fumes. Many checks this season have revealed discharged extinguishers. Regulations state that extinguishers must be fully charged. Day/night visual distress signals are required on boats over 16 feet on Lake Erie and must be serviceable. One of the most important regulations is that all children 12 and under must be wearing a PFD on boats 20 feet and under while underway and on canoes and kayaks. The PFD must be suitable in size for the child. Officers normally will have a zero tolerance police with regard to violations that affect the safety of children. For further information on equipment required for your particular vessel, check your Boaters Handbook on line or obtain a copy at most any boat store. Copies are also available at the Walnut Creek Access area.

Boater's Safety Tip of the Week: Make sure more than only one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boats handling, operations, and other boating safety tips. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, its important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore.

Local Weather: Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming north around 5 mph after midnight.

Thursday...Mostly sunny in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph... Becoming southeast 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

Friday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

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

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.

Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

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

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.

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