WCO Report for Erie County 11/17/2004: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: November 16, 2004

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on November 16, 2004 at 21:27:31:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Steelhead fishing has been tough over the past week with no rain leaving the tribs very low and very clear. There is the possibility of rain in the forcasts, however at this point it does not look significant. Many anglers have chosen to wait out the rain and as such the low conditions have provided significant elbow room. Anglers that are catching fish are doing so at daybreak and at dusk for the most part. Very light presentations are a must with many anglers dropping line strength and tippets as low as 2 lbs.

There are fair to good reports of steelhead being caught in Presque Isle Bay and Marina Bay at Presque Isle State Park. A number of anglers floating shiners have picked up an occasional steelhead while targeting perch and crappie.

Best bets right now would be to target deeper water at the tributary mouths as well as the lakeshore at Trout and Godfrey Runs on calm days.

A few fish are being pulled from the Walnut Creek basin for the patient anglers.

Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 49 degrees. Area tributary conditions as of this writing are extremely low and clear.

Law Enforcement:
Low clear condtions have made angling a challenge for the honest sportsmen however, being able to see the fish in the shallow conditions has made poaching and snagging all too tempting. Area officers continue to have their hands full. Violations this past week included snagging, failure to conform to the vehicle code, not conforming to posted traffic control signs, and litter. Many anglers have noticed and commented on the increased PFBC Officer presence was this fall. These highly successful details will continue this Spring to keep up with with the large crowds that are drawn to the area. Officers from around the state along with recent DWCO graduates will enhance the already strong law enforcement program dedicated to the Erie area.

The area upstream of Streuchan Flats is posted property, on both sides of Elk Creek. Beckman Road area is also posted. The PFBC controlled parking area at intersection of West road and Sterritania road (across form the Elk Creek Inn) is now open and its use is encouraged.

Anglers fishing the upper stretches of Elk Creek are reminded that parking along Interstate 90 is prohibited and will be strictly enforced by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Growing Greener Town Meeting:
An important meeting for Growing Greener will be held Thursday, November 18th, 6:30 pm at Erie City Hall Council Chambers. Refreshments afterwards at Sullivans Café. The
purpose will be to discuss and show support for Growing Greener II.

Growing Greener II is a proposed four year initiative financed by an $800 million bond that legislators can help put on the ballot and voters must approve. Funding will be used to finance a wide range of environmental projects that will ultimately have an immeasurable impact on our quality of life. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

The public is welcome those of particular interest would include all sportsmen, elected officials, environmentalists, concerned citizens, and businesses that depend on tourism and recreation. For More Information Contact: (814) 824-2407

Are you a senior citizen?
If you are a senior citizen and qualify you may want to consider the purchase of a lifetime fishing license. Housebill 2155 is now in the Senate and should be on the Govenors desk by Thanksgiving. Once signed there will be a significant increase in the cost of a lifetime license for 2005

Support Your Local Sportsmens' Clubs:
The SONS of Lake Erie have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 22, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the East Erie Turners, 9th and Parade Streets in Erie. The public is welcome to attend.

The S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie Fishing Club is an active organization of with nearly 2000 members. Established in 1981, they are dedicated to the improvement of fishing on Lake Erie and its Pennsylvania tributaries. The organization has acted as a lobbyist for regulations supporting the growth of the Lake Erie fishery. They are a members of the Co-operative Nursery Branch of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Through this alliance they have established a fish hatchery that annually produces and stocks approximately 1 million Walleye and 2 million Yellow Perch into Presque Isle Bay. Steelhead and Brown Trout are also produced in the hatchery. The S.O.N.S. also participate in the P.F.B.C. adopt-a-stream program. They were active in the clean up and stocking of Cascade creek, a previously polluted stream which was a receptor of industrial out fall. The Club, partnered with the P.F.B.C., has annually built and placed appropriate structures in the waters of Presque Isle Bay which provide habitat for the fish that call these waters their home. The S.O.N.S. have stood in the forefront to support free public access to the waters of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. As a result of the club's encouragement, ordinances and regulations have been enacted in the City of Erie that provide for free public access in all new developments on Presque Isle Bay.

Local Weather:
Wednesday night
Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
Cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
Thursday night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.
Friday night
Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Lows around 40.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s.
Saturday night
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s.
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs around 50.
Sunday night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the evening. A chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Partly cloudy. Highs around 40.
Monday night
Partly cloudy. Lows around 30.
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.

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