WCO Report for Erie County 10/26/2011: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: October 26, 2011

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on October 26, 2011 at 03:17:38:

October 26th, 2011

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


The rains from last week raised the trib levels and brought a significant number of steelhead in, however, as dry as conditions have been, it didn't take long for water levels to drop back to near the pre rain levels. Moderate precipitation this week should be helpful. Crowds were heavy this past weekend with the arrival of the rain. Catch rates were moderate to good. There are good numbers of fish in the tribs, but still not at the levels of last year. The Trout Run nursery waters are loaded with fish and are often a good indication as to the number of fish running in the tribs. Anglers have been out in force trolling the shorelines off the mouths of Walnut, and Trout and Godfrey runs. Catch rates have been fair to good. Fish have been mainly confined to the larger holes up stream and the access areas near the mouth. Lake shore fishing at Trout and Godfrey Runs has been good although we have seen pretty rough conditions over the last week.
Bass anglers have been having some success on Presque Isle Bay when the weather cooperates. Forecasts are calling for temps in the 30s this weekend so dress warm.
Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 57 degrees. Current West County trib conditions are low with slight color and flow.

Walnut Creek Basin:
Weather permitting, the docks and launch ramps are scheduled to be removed and the Walnut Creek Marina basin is to be open to fishing on November 3rd at 2:00 pm. The Walnut Creek Basin can provide great fishing, especially when trib conditions are low. 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. For more information on the Walnut Creek Marina you can call 814-833-2464.

Commission to Host Meeting for Erie Landowners to Explain Public Fishing Access Program :
Harrisburg, PA  Private landowners in Erie who own stream frontage on Four Mile, Conneaut, Crooked, Elk, Walnut and Twenty Mile creeks are encouraged to attend an upcoming public meeting to explain the benefits of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissions (PFBC) public fishing access and conservation easement programs. For more information go to Commisssion Landowners Meeting

Great Lakes Steelhead Expo:
The Great Lakes Steelhead Expo will be taking place on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at the Rainbow Gardens Convention Center in Erie, Pa. The expo will run from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This event will be centered on the steelhead fishing experience in the Great Lakes region. Top vendors and companies will be on hand to show the latest and greatest fishing products, guides will speak on their fisheries and there will be local clubs doing fly tying and casting demonstrations. Folks from various fish and wildlife services that represent the Great Lakes region will also be on hand. This is a well sponsored event and should be a wealth of information for the novice and expert alike. For more information please go to Great Lakes Steelhead Expo or call 814-440-4725

Alternative Fishing Opportunities
There is great crappie fishing along the North Pier of the Erie Channel and near the dock areas in Marina Bay with shiners being the bait of choice. Presque Isle Bay is the spot for good-size perch and pan fish. The Bay is also becoming more popular every year for steelhead either trolling or casting. Be sure to have all safety equipment on board if boating and wear a PFD. With water temperatures falling ralpidly, the importance of proper safety equipment and PFDs increases.

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

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Cloudy. Rain likely...mainly after midnight. Breezy with lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday...Cloudy...rain...mainly in the morning. Breezy and cooler. Near steady temperature in the mid 40s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

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

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.

Sunday...Mostly cloudy in the morning...then becoming partly sunny. Highs around 50.

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

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

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

Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

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