WCO Report for Erie County 06/08/2005: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 07, 2005

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 07, 2005 at 23:12:21:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, DWCO Brook Tolbert

Very warm area temperatures have given a boost to a rise in water temperatures on Lake Erie. Perch have been hitting North West between Walnut Creek and Trout Run in 38 to 40 feet of water as well as north of the cribs in 30 to 35 feet with the action gradually improving. Several boats returned to Walnut Creek with their limits of Perch on Tuesday. Bass angling is still good in 25 to 35 feet of water all along the Erie shoreline. Bass fishing on Lake Erie has become the summer steelhead replacement with anglers literally coming from all over the country to experience the thrill and fight of Lake Erie Smallmouth fishing. There have been few reports of any significant Walleye action yet. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of Tuesday, June 7th is and average 62 degrees.

Boating Tip of the Week:
Noise is the largest public complaint regarding personal watercraft. Be considerate of others by varying your riding areas and avoiding homes, marina areas, anglers, picnic areas and other areas where others may be seeking quiet and or privacy.

Know Our Area Before You Launch
Boaters, especially those from out of town that are not familiar with the area should take note of the regulations specific to our area. So often we here "Oh, I didn't know that". Although much of the following is marked, boaters should know these regulations and what minimum swell height means. Generally, this means the slowest speed you can go and still maintain steering. In most cases this is almost an idle and means little to no wake disturbance. The operator of the boat is responsible for wake he creates as well as any subsequent damage that it may cause. Boats are limited to slow, minimum height swell speed (no wake areas) in the following areas:

Through the Erie Harbor Entrance between the North Pierhead Light (foghorn) and Inter Range Tower.

In the area adjacent to the Erie Public Dock, extending from the Erie Sand and Gravel Company on the West to the Continental Grain Company piers on the East. The restricted area will include the Canal Basin and extend northward to the harbor line (In short, the channel connecting Presque Isle to Lake Erie).

Within the boundaries of Presque Isle State Park, including the waters of Marina and Misery Bays and the waters along the bay and lake shore for a distance of 500 feet from the shore.

Water skiing, other than for the purpose of take off or approach, is prohibited within 500 feet of the shoreline of Presque Isle peninsula.

The anchoring of watercraft in the entrance channel to Horseshoe Pond, Fox Pond, Marina Bay, the Lagoons or the bridge at Misery Bay in a manner that interferes with the public use of these areas or in a manner which creates a hazard to other watercraft is prohibited.

The mooring of boats to any dock, wharf, pier, ship or boat launching facility in a manner that interferes with public use or creates a hazard to other watercraft is prohibited. Boats are prohibited within 100 feet of designated swimming beaches at Presque Isle State Park.

The internal lagoons from Marina Drive Bridge at the West end of the Long Pond through the northern entrance of Graveyard Pond shall be limited non powered watercraft and electric motors only.

Maps of the area can be found at most area bait shops and on many on line sites. Visit our Maps page for more information.

Law Enforcement:
As the weather warms and the boat traffic increases on Lake Erie, officers continue to find significant numbers of safety violations with PFD violations topping the list no or non serviceable fire extinguishers running a close second.

Local Weather:
Partly cloudy. Highs around 80.
Wednesday Night through Thursday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows around 60. Highs in the lower 80s.
Friday through Saturday
Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Lows around 60.
Saturday Night and Sunday
Partly cloudy. Lows around 60. Highs around 80.

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