WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
Hot, humid, and no rain in our area has really put the dog days of summer upon us. Walleye fishing remains fair to good in the deeper waters of the lake. 75 feet plus North of point on Presque Isle out to the Canadian line has been productive for both walleye and Steelhead. North of Walnut Creek to the second trench and west to the Ohio line has been producing as well. Perch fishing still seem to be hot and cold. One day everyone limits and the next it's slow. Anglers having the best success are on the move, not resting in an unproductive spot for any lengthy time. Lake Erie water temperatures are 78 degrees off Toledo, 77 degrees off Cleveland, and 79 degrees off Erie.
Walnut Creek Project Waters:
The Walnut Creek Project waters are undergoing their annual cleaning. Equipment to dredge the holding holes was put into place and dredging started this past Tuesday. With low water levels, the work should move along smoothly. With very little rain over the last month, Walnut Creek, along with the other tribs are only a trickle in many places. Considerable rainfall will be necessary to spark any early season steelhead movement.
Contest Rewards Kids for Wearing Life Jackets and Telling Us About It:
Its certainly no secret that boating safety in the Erie area and throughout the state begins wearing a personal flotation device. PFD violations are the number one safety violation. Now there's an opportunity to really get the kids involved in this important topic and be rewarded at the same time.
The National Safe Council’s Boating Safety Sidekicks want kids to tell us the reasons why they wear their life jackets. We hope that by hearing these stories their parents, brothers, sisters, families and friends will realize how important it is for children as well as adults to wear their life jackets. The "Why I Wear My Life Jacket" contest is requesting essays or short stories from kids between the ages of 4 and 15, explaining the importance of wearing a life jacket and why they choose to wear one. The stories should be between one and two pages and discuss their various boating experiences and why they have worn a life jacket while on the water. The entries can be mailed or emailed to the National Safe Boating Council at Sidekicks Life Jacket Stories, P.O. Box 509, Bristow, VA 20136 or to email@example.com.
A first, second, and third prize winner will be announced in the following age groups: 4 to 7 years old, 8 to 11 years old, and 12 to 15 years old. Winners will receive a $100 dollar savings bond! Awards will be given based upon good grammar, punctuation, composition, and the story told. Entries should include your name, age, and mailing address. Please visit www.boatingsidekicks.com or www.safeboatingcouncil.org for more information on this contest or to submit your entry. The deadline for entries is November 1, 2005. The winners will be announced the first week in December on the "Sidekicks" and the Council’s web sites.
Support Your Area Sportsmen's Clubs: One more reminder that the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding it's season kickoff meeting Wednesday August 11th, 2005 with an informative presentation by Chuck Murray. Starting this year (the August meeting), the club has moved its meetings to a new location. Meetings will now be held at the banquet room at the West Lake Bar and Grill at 4102 West Lake Road (Alternate Route 5) in Erie.
Boating Tip of the Week: Any accident involving death, disappearance or personal injury requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, or damage greater than $500 must be reported. A "boating accident" includes, but is not limited to, capsizing, collision, foundering, flooding, fire, explosion and the disappearance of a vessel other than by theft. Accidents involving the death or disappearance of a person should be reported immediately, accidents resulting in treatment beyond first aid must be reported within 48 hours. Other accidents must be reported within 10 days. Report accidents using the Boating Accident Report form to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Celebrate Erie, August 19th -21st: For For three days and three nights, downtown Erie will come alive with what has proven itself to be the region’s largest and most dynamic summer event. The Third annual Celebrate will feature artists and entertainers that range from regional favorites to international super-stars. Hundreds of artists, including authors, painters, dancers, comedians, filmmakers, musicians, clowns, acrobats and more are slated to perform at this feast of music and art.
The skies above Erie will be transformed into a brilliant tapestry of light, color and sound to highlight the Celebrate Erie festival. Zambelli International will create the spectacular fireworks show. The fireworks begin at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 from Dobbins Landing.
Erie County Youth Field Days: Area kids had an action packed day of outdoor activities this past Sunday when State and local sponsors put on a Youth Field Day for Erie County. Activities ranged from shooting and fly tying to canoeing and fishing with prizes and food for all. Many thanks to all the local sponsors that participated in this worthy event to support the future of outdoor sports in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday night. Partly cloudy. Muggy. Lows in the upper 60s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
Thursday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Becoming east after midnight.
Friday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.
Friday night. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday night. Partly cloudy in the evening. Then becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday. Mostly cloudy in the morning. Then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday night. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.
Monday night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.
Tuesday Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.