WCO Report for Erie and Crawford County 08/28/02: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 28, 2002

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Posted by WCO John Bowser on August 28, 2002 at 06:55:08:


Signs of Steelhead season have been evident with high winds and waves and cool nights. Tributary levels are at all time lows and apparently adversely affecting the early exploratory runs of late August. Anglers have started fishing the trib mouths, especially at Trout Run, hooking an occasional jack or two but nothing of any size. Those that just can't wait might try the "Wall" at night at Walnut Creek. Glow in dark Cleos and the Power baits are good night choices. A lighted float can help detect those subtle strikes. Anglers trolling the East end of the First Trench have been nailing 10#'ers on N/K Spoons but nothing like the numbers last year. With a little cooperation from Mother Nature it won't be long.

Wind and waves permitting, perch fishing just seems to get better and better. This past weekend saw countless anglers bringing in limits in only a few hours. The perch packs off the light house beach and Walnut creek numbered in the hundreds this past Sunday.

Law enforcement:
Boaters taking advantage of the late summer boating season are reminded to check wind and wave reports frequently and be sure that all required safety equipment is in order. With unstable late season weather conditions, proper safety equipment is more important than ever. Assure that required PFDs are not only on board, but that they are "readily accessible" to all occupants as required by regulation.

PFD's must be worn by all children 12 years and younger on all boats 20 feet and less in length, while under way, and on all canoes and kayaks. All others are strongly encouraged to wear a PFD.

Fire extinguishers should be mounted within arm's reach of the operator and visual distress signals should be in an easily accessible location. A few double checks and extra late season precautions may save your life.

Bass: Good catches taken off of the public dock and Chestnut fishing pier.

Perch: Limits being taken daily at the usual hot spots N. of Lighthouse.

Walleye: Same story as last week spotty at best go for the perch.

Crappie: Fishing pier at Chestnut still producing some good size fish but not many.

Musky: 5,500 fingerlings were recently stocked in Presque Isle Bay.


Pymatuning Lake-The water is still really warm this week so warm water species are still doing well, Bass Bluegills and carp are being caught in abundance if you work the edges and any available structure. Light tackle and jigs or live bait is definitely the way to go and don't fish during the heat of the day and get upset because nothing is biting, fish in the evening just before sun down and you will have much better luck. Manning boat ramp is once again open and operational with an all new A. D. A. accessible dock that is far better and much more stable than what was there before. Jamestown/Turnersville should be getting close to completion and will be open very soon.
Conneaut Lake-Bluegills and Bow fin are being caught like crazy here. Fish the edges of the weed beds and you will do well for Bluegills (nice size ones are being caught as well) using a small jig or live bait under a bobber. Bass are also getting caught but at a much lower rate than the rest of the fish. work rubber worms and lures deep around structure for these guys right now. Night fishing has picked up quite a bit with a lot of fishermen hitting the water and shores after sundown when the boat traffic has subsided and they are having luck.
With early goose season opening soon and duck season right around the corner waterfowl hunters are reminded that the requirements for hunting from a boat don't change just because summer is over. All the required safety equipment is the same, you must have 1 wearable life jacket for each person on board, 1 type IV throwable device for all boats 16' and longer, a sound producing device for all boats with motors, visual distress signals if you are on Lake Erie, fire extinguisher for all boats with secondary hulls or enclosed compartments or permanently affixed gas tanks, and a registration card onboard. With all of this equipment you will make our meeting a much more pleasant time.

The 21st Annual Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo,
sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, will be held in Linesville, Pennsylvania, September 21-22, 2002.

This two-day event will feature numerous hunting and conservation-related displays, including artwork by local and nationally renowned artists, the Pennsylvania State Duck Stamp competition, taxidermy displays and competition, and decoy carvings and competition.

Visitors are invited to compete in the annual Expo Trap Shoot, and enjoy presentations by regional biologists, outdoor enthusiasts, and many others. On Sunday, some of the state's best waterfowl callers will compete in the Pennsylvania State Duck Calling Competition, the Regional Goose Calling Competition, and the Junior Duck Calling Competition.

Linesville is located in the heart of the Pymatuning region. It is just minutes from the Linesville Fish Culture Station, Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Learning Center, the Linesville Spillway, and beautiful Pymatuning State Park.

For more information about the Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo, contact the Linesville Chamber of Commerce by phone at 800-829-7811. Proceeds from the event will help Ducks Unlimited in its mission to conserve critically important wetlands and waterfowl habitat.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation group. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands some of nature's most productive ecosystems and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres every year.

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