WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
This past weekend a number of anglers were having a ball along the wall at the Walnut Creek access catching catfish, suckers and a few white bass.
Perch fishing along the North and South Piers has been good to excellent over the last week with a good number of jumbos being caught. Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 60 degrees.
Walnut Creek Access:
One of the Best is Retiring:
Gary began his career with the PA Fish and Boat Commission in 1971 as a Special Fish Warden in Crawford County. He worked in that capacity until 1974. He was promoted to Waterways Patrolman, Greene County in May 1974 and performed his law enforcement duties in that county until May 1984. At that time, Gary was transferred to Mercer County, with a title change to Waterways Conservation Officer, until being promoted to the position of Assistant Regional Supervisor - Northwest Region in February 1992. He became Acting Regional Manager in May of 1997 and Northwest Regional Manager in December 1997 to current date.
A list of Officer Deiger's accomplishments as follows:
American Red Cross Certificate of Merit "For selfless and humane action in sustaining a human life" signed by President Ronald Reagan.
Citation from House of Representatives "For actions during the 1977 Johnstown Flood" signed by Speaker of the House.
Citation from the Mercer County Council of the PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs '' A Dedicated conservationist who believes in and supports the principles of this organization".
Gary's leadership as the Northwest Region Manager has ensured that a fair and effective law enforcement program accomplished meeting the needs of the anglers and boaters of the region as well as protecting the aquatic resources. His extra efforts in developing and implementing the annual specialized Lake Erie steelhead enforcement program are to be commended.
In 1974 a field training officer clearly evaluated Gary Deiger's abilities as a new member of the Bureau of Law Enforcement. I quote "Very confident in himself, quick to challenge, very mature and neat as a pin in work and dress. A supervisor will need to be really sharp to correct this man (Gary Deiger) as he is above the level of most of our field men. No doubt we all will be working for this man some day." Gary's career accomplishments have exemplified this earlier observation of his unique talents and abilities.
During his career, Gary can be described as fair, confident and a true professional. He has brought his unique ability to create a union of purpose and trust among the Northwest District Officers and staff, while creating lifetime friends,
We wish him well and hope that he is able to trap many beaver in Arkansas and that he is able to spend many fruitful hours fishing Lake Erie. Best wishes Gary.........
Presque Isle Bassmasters Tournament:
Have a Safe Holiday Weekend:
As always, a reminder that alcohol and boating can be a bad combination. Fines and penalties can be stiff for those boating under the influence. not to mention the danger to yourself and the lives of those around you. The penalties for operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance could lead to a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $7,500, or imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both, plus the loss of boating privileges for a period of 12 months. Homicide by watercraft while under the influence carries a fine of not less than $2,500 nor exceeding $15,000, or imprisonment of no less than three and no more than seven years, or both. In addition to the offenses described above, operating a watercraft under the influence may also violate other laws. These may include prohibitions against reckless or negligent operation of boats, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and underage drinking. Its just not worth taking the risk.