WCO Report for Erie and Crawford County 11/06/02: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: November 06, 2002

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Posted by WCO John Bowser on November 06, 2002 at 08:23:29:

Randy Leighton Deputy Water Conservation Officer PFBC West Erie County
Very low and clear water conditions on all the tribs have provided a real challenge to area anglers. Many areas along the West side tribs are only knee deep with some sections only ankle deep. Fish are holding in the pools along Walnut, the Manchester Hole and up to the bridge on Millfair road. Fish are scattered throughout Elk Creek up to the Legion Hole in Girard and small numbers can be found up to Folly's End. Water levels are low enough to allow casting from shore in most areas to avoid spooking fish. 4 lb., and as light as 2 lb. line along with hooks no larger than the 14 to 18 range are all but a necessity to land fish. Anglers were having good success on lower Elk Creek on Saturday with shiners and single eggs. The Walnut Creek Access basin is very low but has been producing some great fish for the patient anglers with success coming in time blocks. The basin opening has thinned the upstream crowds considerably leaving nice elbow room. We have had a number of calm lake days, allowing anglers good fishing opportunities along the lakeshore at Trout and Godfrey runs.

Eastern Erie County / WCO Mark Kerr
Wednesday: Rain showers in the morning becoming more intermittent in the afternoon. Temperatures steady in the mid 40s. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Wednesday night: Cloudy with a few showers. Low 36F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday: Showers during the morning, followed by partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. High 43F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday (24 hours): A few morning showers. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 30s.
Friday (24 hours): Cloudy. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the upper 30s.
Saturday (24 hours): Cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 40s.

Central Erie County / WCO Tom Edwards_& DWCO Bryan W. Brendley
Perch: Moderate catches taken from Public Dock on the Bayfront. N. Pier on Presque Isle State Park and Waterworks on the Park.
Crappie: Catches being reported from Marina Lake on Presque Isle State Park.
Steelhead: Nothing to report in Cascade walked it down to the Bay and not a single fish was seen.

4 - Mile has decent numbers behind the LP Fish Club.

Edinboro Lake has been drawndown apx 6 feet, haven't seen anyone attempt to fish.

Current Legislative News:"Governor Mark Schweiker has signed into law a capital budget bill authorizing more than $10.228 billion worth of projects for state agencies, including hatchery upgrades that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has identified as the agency’s highest priority. However, the governor also used a line-item veto to remove language permitting the Commission to finance the projects by incurring debt through the use of general obligation Commonwealth bonds."For the complete news release please see the PFBC main page.

The PA Fish and Boat Commission WCO’s and DWCO’s would like to extend their sympathies to the police departments in our area who recently lost officers. Detective Wasyl Potienko of the Cheektowaga Police Department was killed when his police vehicle was struck by a truck. He was with the department 15 years and is survived by his wife. Officer James Shields of the Buffalo Police Department was responding to locate a robbery suspect when he swerved his cruiser to miss another car and his car struck a tree. He was with the agency 7 years and is survived by his two sons. This being said, the number of police officers killed nationwide during the first half of 2002 dropped to its lowest level in more than 30 years. Coming off the anniversary of 9/11/01, where 72 officers were killed in one day, this is welcome news for the police community. In the first six months of this year, 68 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Of the 68 officers lost, 30 were killed by gunfire, 21 died in automobile accidents, four succumbed to job-related illnesses, three died in aircraft accidents, two were struck by vehicles outside their patrol vehicles, two in motorcycle accidents, two were stabbed to death, two officers drowned, one officer died in an explosion, and one officer was beaten to death. Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) national president Linda Soubirous declared this “information tells you how dangerous the police profession is when 68 deaths during a six-month period is considered good news. The fact remains that 68 officers made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve public safety. We owe those officers and their families a huge debt of gratitude.” We at the FBC Bureau of Law Enforcement in Erie County add our gratitude to those words. ___________________________

Western Crawford County / Joe Russell
Pymatuning Lake- The fall run of Walleye has begun in earnest this week with several boat loads of fishermen out braving the cold weather. Most of the activity right now is on the south end of the lake around the handicap point where we placed all the gravel beds this year and further south to just above the gatehouse on the dam. Everyone seems to be keying on the west side of the lake. Guys are doing real well with minnows and jigging sonar's and jigs tipped with minnies. Be aware of the weather and your temperature though as storms can come up very fast and Hypothermia can be potentially life threatening. Wear lots of layers and wool if possible as that will keep you warm even when wet. Have some high energy snacks with you and a thermos of something warm to drink (stay away from alcohol as that will actually lower you bodies temperature). And last but not least always carry a cell phone with you to contact someone when you are in trouble.

Conneaut Lake- No fishing activity was noted here this week and I haven't heard from any anglers to pass on any news for you.

The Pennsylvania/Ohio Joint Public Meeting on Horsepower- To date I have received very little response or E-mails on the meeting that will be held on November 21st. I have received almost a dozen e-mails from sportsmen who are not going to be able to attend the meeting and would like their opinions heard. Every one of them have been printed and delivered to the state park. I only hope that the low number of responses means that a significant number of you will show up for the meeting. Remember if you have an opinion and choose not to voice it, it is no ones fault but your own if you disagree with the outcome

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