WCO Report for Erie County 7/27/205: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: July 26, 2005

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on July 26, 2005 at 21:31:03:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


The Erie area was pounded this past weekend with severe thunderstorms and rain. The area along the lakeshore in Fairview and in and around the Walnut Creek access area were among the hardest hit with many large downed trees and power lines. Winds in excess of 60 mph along with excessive lightening left thousands of area residents without power. A second significant storm Tuesday afternoon had boats scrambling for safe harbor. Although not taken lightly, Erie residents are pretty resilient to all types of heavy weather that mother nature can dish out and by mid week much of the damage clearing was well underway. How does this affect the are fishing? Typically not a great deal. Occasionally, following a significant weather event, fishing will slow for a short time however, once the lake calmed, we had only a short slow down.. Area perch fishing has improved significantly over the past week with a number of anglers limiting out Monday in 42 feet of water due North of Walnut Creek. Walleye fishing has been fair to good over the last week with anglers concentrating on the South side of the first trench and in the deeper waters of the second trench Northwest of Walnut Creek.

Storms around the area over the past week were a good example of how rapidly wind and wave conditions can change with a fast moving storm from our West.

Current average Lake Erie tater temperature off Cleveland is 76 degrees and off Erie is 77 degrees.

Pennsylvania Steelhead Association Meeting:
The PA. Steelhead Association will be kicking off the season with its first meeting of the season on Wednesday evening, August 10th at 7:00. Meetings will be held at the West Lake Bar and Grill banquet room and as always the public is welcome. This is always a sure sign that Steelhead season is just around the corner. The scheduled speaker for the evening will be Chuck Murray, area biologist with the PFBC. Chuck's presentations on our fishery are highly informative and are always well attended.

Also on the agenda will be details regarding the club's annual Big Run Banquet. This gala picnic event will be held September 247, 2004 at 2 PM at Shades Beach Park, Harborcreek, PA . $20, you will gain entrance into the banquet, and enroll you in the 300 club raffle. ONLY 300 tickets will be sold for the raffle. Plenty of tickets are still available. Odds of cashing in on the raffle are 1 in 15 with a first prize of $1500.00. If you do not wish enter the raffle, and still would like to attend, admission is only $10 for adults, under 16 is $5, and 11 and under FREE! Tickets can be purchased from area club members, Poor Richards, or by contacting Doug Kramer at doug@reelfishn.net. Please use PSA in the subject line when contacting Doug. Tickets will also be available at the August and September club meetings.

The annual event features a pig roast with all the fixings along with beer and soft drinks. Raffles, games and door prizes are nearly endless. Fly tying, casting, and sac tying demonstrations round out a day of fun for all and benefit a hard working club dedicated to our steelhead fishery.

Boating Safety Tip of the Week:
The capacity plate provides important information about the boat, including maximum weight capacity, maximum horsepower, maximum person capacity by number, and maximum persons capacity by weight. Any person towed behind a boat is included in the total number of persons specified on the capacity plate.
No boat shall be loaded beyond its safe carrying capacity. Observe and understand your capacity plate. It is the law and it may save your life.

Local Weather: Wednesday night. Partly cloudy and cooler with lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday. Partly cloudy in the morning. Then clearing. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Becoming north in the afternoon.

Thursday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday through Monday night. Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Lows in the lower 60s.

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