WCO Report for Erie County 07/21/2004: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: July 20, 2004

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on July 20, 2004 at 22:21:29:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Walleye fishing on the lake continues to improve although the fish are still scattered. Once located, the fishing can be good with many of the charter captains reporting limits in relatively short periods of time. Locating them is the tough part. Fair to good reports are still coming in from shallow water between Trout and Godfrey Runs. Reef Runner lures and crawler harnesses trolled slowly on small dipseys are still hooking them. Chartreuse and watermelon colors have been hot. It's been said many times that fish will bite anything as long as it's chartreuse. Planer boards are a plus in the shallow water to keep the lines away from the boats. In line planer boards and flatlining with weight as needed will work as well.

Reports are also good in deeper water, although the walleye have often been suspended. Locating fish in the deeper water requires a good electronic fish finder or an awful lot of luck. My money would be on the finder. Deeper diving dipseys trolled anywhere from 75 to 150 feet back in 60 to 65 feet of water would be a good start once the fish are located.

Perch fishing is still strong with fish being caught at a variety of depths. Due North and slightly West of Walnut Creek is still a hot area. Perch are being caught anywhere from 45' to 57' of water West to the Ohio line. Perch fishing has also been good North of the Northeast Marina in 50' to 55' of water.

Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 72 degrees.

Try Edinboro Lake:
Located south of Erie in Edinboro, this 245 acre lake can be a great afternoon getaway and offers a variety of great angling opportunities. The lake offers two free boat launch ramps with public parking, a fishing pier designed specifically for persons with disabilities, and a major playground complex for the youngsters.

The lake is unlimited horsepower rated, allowing water skiing and the use of personal watercraft. Fishing Edinboro Lake can be a real smorgasboard, with the local species including large and smallmouth bass, muskie, pan fish, and walleye. A section of trout stream water below the Edinboro dam is designated fishing for 12 year olds and under, as well as handicapped individuals. The Borough has public dock spaces available, which can be rented on a daily, weekly, or annual basis.

Boating Safety Tip of the Week:
Always test your boat lights before the boat leaves the dock. If you use battery operated lights, always carry extra batteries and spare bulbs. Keep in mind that even if you plan to be back before dark, an equipment malfunction or bad weather may change your plans.

Discover Presque Isle:
After a long day of fishing for perch on the lake or chasing Bass in the bay, an afternoon at Discover Presque Isle can really fill your day with fun.
This annual three-day event designed to introduce visitors to Presque Isle State Park to the wide-variety of activities that can be enjoyed. These include kayak demonstrations, rock wall climbing, nature tours, kite flying, pontoon boat rides, volleyball tournament, duathlon (run, bike, run), a mile swim, arts and crafts show, children`s area and much more. A pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Other food vendors will be available. Event times are: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25th. Event schedule is currently under development. Go to www.presqueisle.org and click on "events" for more information. Proceeds benefit the Presque Isle Partnership and Presque Isle State Park.

Local Weather:
Wednesday night
Mostly cloudy. Thunderstorms likely. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday night
Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
Friday night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
Saturday night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
Sunday night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
Monday night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.
Partly cloudy. Highs around 80.

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