WCO Report for Erie County 6/28/2005 : Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 28, 2005

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 28, 2005 at 23:15:24:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


With the Lake temperatures topping the 70 degree mark deepwater walleye action is starting to pick up with many good catches and limits reported.

Walleye anglers are doing well in a number of areas. 25 to 35 feet of water between Trout and Godfrey Runs and along the first trench Northwest of Walnut Creek in 62-68' of water have both been highly productive. Deeper diving dipseys and tandem willow leaf crawler harnesses in watermelon, blueberry muffin, chartreuse, copper, gold, and purple are hot right now along with the "stinger" spoons and reef runner lures

Steelhead are starting to hit in limited numbers in the deeper waters of the second trench Northwest of Walnut Creek and in 60 to 65' of water off the point at Presque Isle. Michigan Stinger spoons are a good choice.

Perch fish continues to thrive in 50 to 62' of water north and west of Walnut Creek with no end in sight. This past weekend found anglers coming in with either their limit or no fish indicating that location is important. Typically when Perch fishing, if you haven't triggered any strikes within a half hour or so it's probably wise to change locations.

Current average Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 70 degrees.

Boating Safety Tip of the Week:
Establish a float plan and leave your itinerary with someone before heading out on the water. Tell them who you will be with, how long you will be gone,where you plan to go, and when you estimate you will be returning.

Marine Weather Bulletins Explained:
Small Craft Advisory:

Generally associated with sustained winds 18 to 33 knots, or waves hazardous to small boats. These are not issued during the winter months along the Great Lakes.
Gale Warning:
Sustained winds 34 to 47 knots.
Storm Warning:
Sustained winds 48 knots or more.
Hurricane Warning:
Sustained winds 64 knots or more associated with a hurricane. Not likely for our area, but you never know here in Erie.
Special Marine Warning:
Winds of 35 knots or more lasting generally less than 2 hours. These are usually associated with an individual thunderstorm or an organized series of thunderstorms (squall line, cold front).
Respect the Heat: Although we have all welcomed the warm weather around the area, recent warm temperatures do carry caution alerts, especially for boaters exposed directly to the sun and heat during a long day on the water. These cautions apply especially to the young and the elderly. Knowing the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to treat them can be valuable information a long way from shore

Heat exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is less dangerous than heat stroke. It typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a warm, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Fluid loss causes blood flow to decrease in the vital organs, resulting in a form of shock. With heat exhaustion, sweat does not evaporate as it should, possibly because of high humidity or too many layers of clothing. As a result, the body is not cooled properly. Signals include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.

If heat exhaustion is suspected get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not let him or her drink too quickly. Do not give liquids with alcohol or caffeine in them, as they can make conditions worse. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths such as towels or wet sheets.

Heat stroke: Also known as sunstroke, heat stroke is life-threatening. The victim's temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness, rapid, weak pulse, and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high--sometimes as high as 105 F.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation! Help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1 or your local EMS number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it. If you have ice packs or cold packs, place them on each of the victim's wrists and ankles, in the armpits and on the neck to cool the large blood vessels. (Do not use rubbing alcohol because it closes the skin's pores and prevents heat lose.) Watch for signals of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. Keep the person lying down.

Local Weather:

Wednesday night. Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday. Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday night. Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s.

Friday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Friday night. Partly cloudy. Lows around 60.

Saturday and Saturday night. Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 70s. Lows around 60.

Sunday. Mostly sunny in the morning. Then becoming partly cloudy. Highs around 80.

Sunday night and independence day. Partly cloudy. Lows around 60. Highs around 80.

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