WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook |
This weeks report is dedicated to Robert Jackson whose love of the beauty of Presque Isle and Lake Erie shall now remain with him forever.
Temperatures in the eighties the first part of the week continue to slow down the steelhead season somewhat. There are fish in the tribs and at times sizable pockets up as far as Route 20. The WCAA Project waters are holding fish, but not the numbers that anglers have been accustomed to in the last few years. The Manchester Hole has a good number of fish and has been productive. A slight chance of rain this week will probably do little to improve conditions although we are expecting overnight temperatures in the forties by the weekend. Until the water levels come up and the fish really come in and spread out, angling pressure will be heavy near the tributary mouths on Elk and Walnut.
Good baits in the low clear conditions have been single eggs and egg patterns, earth colored woolly buggers, and the micro jigs tipped with a maggot or waxworm fished under light fluorocarbon line or tippets. Good shoreline baits include little Cleos, egg sacs, single eggs, and the ever popular power baits.
Anglers have had great success trolling along the shoreline with good numbers being brought in. Early morning anglers have been doing very well along the shorelines at Trout and Godfrey runs. Remember that regulations prohibit fishing within 50 yards of the mouth at Trout Run between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The shoreline at Godfrey Run is walk in only from the top of the hill.
Perch fishing has been very good lately straight out of Walnut and Walleye are still being brought in decent numbers.
Current Lake Erie water temperatures as of this writing are 65 degrees off Toledo, 67 degrees off Cleveland, and 66 degrees off Erie. Current West County trib conditions as of this writing are low and very clear with only a slight chance of precipitation over the next week.
Walnut Creek Dredging Continues:
Considerable build up and a number of large rocks and broken pieces of concrete have hampered dredging efforts at the Walnut Creek Access channel. Work should be completed anytime. Boaters are advised to call the office for up to the minute status at 814-833-2464.
Reminder on Fish Eggs
Anglers should be aware that gutting a fish for the eggs and carelessly discarding the carcass can result in a number of violations including litter and unlawful disposition of the fish. Removing the eggs or skein to use as bait is permitted as long as any remaining entrails are properly bagged and disposed of and the fish is not left behind.
A Few More Regulations Pertinent To The Walnut Creek Access
Boats have the right of way over fishing from boat launch areas or boat docks. It is unlawful for persons fishing from a boat launch area or boat dock to permit their fishing activity to interfere with boat traffic into and out of the boat launch area or boat dock.
(a) roads not open to the public,
The use of off-road motorized vehicles, including trail bikes, Tote Gotes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), air-cushioned vehicles, track vehicles, hydrofoils and the like, is prohibited.
Wednesday night. Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning. Then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Much cooler with lows in the mid 40s. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Becoming north 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday. Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.
Friday night. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.
Saturday night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.
Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s.
Tuesday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.