WCO Report for Erie County 5/18/2005 : Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: May 18, 2005

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on May 18, 2005 at 13:06:38:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Bass fishing on the Lake continues to improve with anglers doing well in 15 to 30 feet of water along the Erie shoreline. Perch fishing is also picking up with anglers have fair success in 35 to 40 feet of water North of Trout run, North of Walnut Creek, and off the Point.

Night time Walleye anglers have been having some luck near the mouths of both the East and West side tributaries. Off shore Walleye fishing is still sporadic but is slowly picking up.

Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 53 degrees.

Northwestern Sportsmen's Club to hold Fishing Derby:
The Northwestern Sportsmen's Club located on Route 6N about 1.7 miles south of I-90 off Exit 3 will sponsor a Fishing Derby on May 21, 2005 in conjunction with Dick's Sporting Goods. The derby is open to all youth aged 15 and under. Registration for this event will start at 11:00Am with fishing to start at 1:00 till 3:00. Prizes will be awarded. Bring your fishing pole and hooks, bait will be provided. For more information call 814-835-5128 or 814-397-0345

National Safe Boating Week Serves as a Reminder:
National Safe Boating Week will be observed May 21-27, 2005, but watercraft safety demands attention any time you're on the water. Life jackets can be the determining factor between life and death in many boating safety accidents. Each year, on average, 700 people die in boating-related accidents – 8 out of every 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket. According to Virgil Chambers, Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council, “Thousands of people would be alive today had they taken the simple precaution of wearing a life jacket when they went out on the water.”
In an effort to combat these statistics, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), will launch the annual North American Safe Boating Campaign during National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27, 2005). The Campaign is designed to reach more than 70 million boaters around North America and communicates this year’s life saving message: “Boat Smart. Boat Safe. Wear It.”
We will again stress the importance of wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard has a goal to eliminate deaths, injuries and property damage associated with recreational boating. The Coast Guard and its partners are committed to a Safe Boating Campaign that reaches from shore to shore across the North America Continent. Our neighbors to the North, the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Canadian Coast Guard will also observe Safe Boating Week on May 21-27. Boating smart is an essential part of any day on the water regardless of where you boat.”
During National Safe Boating Week, the National Safe Boating Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the Canadian Safe Boating Council, along with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Power Squadrons, Army Corps of Engineers and other groups, organize local exhibits, provide special programs on safe boating and generate extensive media coverage.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission offers these tips from its publication Paddle Pennsylvania:

Wear your life jacket. Some 80 percent of all recreational boating fatalities happen to people who are not wearing a life jacket.·
Expect to get wet. Even the best paddlers sometimes capsize or swamp their boats. Bring extra clothing in a waterproof bag. ·
Be prepared to swim. If the water looks too hazardous to swim in, don't go paddling. ·
If you capsize, hold on to your boat, unless it presents a life-threatening situation. If floating in current, position yourself on the upstream side of the capsized boat. ·
Scout ahead whenever possible. Know the river. Avoid surprises. ·
Be prepared for the weather. Get a forecast before you go. Sudden winds and rain are common and can turn a pleasant trip into a risky, unpleasant venture. ·
Wear wading shoes or tennis shoes with wool, polypropylene, pile or neoprene socks.
Never take your boat over a low-head dam. ·
Portage (carry) your boat around any section of water about which you feel uncertain.
Never boat alone. Boating safety increases with numbers. ·
Keep painter lines (ropes tied to the bow) and any other ropes coiled and secured. ·
Never tie a rope to yourself or to another paddler, especially a child. ·
Kneel to increase your stability before entering rougher water, like a rapid. ·
If you collide with an obstruction, lean toward it. This will usually prevent your capsizing or flooding the boat. ·
File a float plan with a reliable person, indicating where you are going and when you will return. Remember to contact the person when you have returned safely.

Local Weather:
Mostly clear in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 70. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows around 50. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Mostly cloudy in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday night through Sunday
Mostly clear. Lows around 50. Highs around 70.
Sunday night
Partly cloudy. Lows around 50.
Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 70.
Monday night
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50.
Mostly cloudy in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers. Highs around 70.

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