WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
The heavy rains from last week raised the trib levels and brought a significant number of steelhead in, however, as dry as conditions have been, it didn’t take long for water levels to drop back to near the pre rain levels. Moderate precipitation this week should be helpful. Crowds were heavy this past weekend with the arrival of the rain. Catch rates were moderate to good. There are good numbers of fish in the tribs, but still not at the levels of last year. The Trout Run nursery waters are loaded with fish and are often a good indication as to the number of fish running in the tribs. Anglers have been out in force trolling the shorelines off the mouths of Walnut, and Trout and Godfrey runs. Catch rates have been fair to good. Fish have been mainly confined to the larger holes up stream and the access areas near the mouth. Lake shore fishing at Trout and Godfrey Runs has been good although we have seen pretty rough conditions over the last week.
Bass anglers have been having some success on Presque Isle Bay when the weather cooperates.
Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 51 degree off Toledo, 55 degrees off Cleveland, and 56 degrees off Erie. The West Erie County tribs are very low and clear as of this writing.
Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association has secured the American Legion Post 773 on 4109 West 12th Street, Erie, PA. 16505 as a permanent home for its monthly meetings. Phone 814-838-3930. This is on the south side of West 12th street (route 5), just east of the Erie Airport. Please make note of this location change. The next meeting is Wednesday November 9th at 7 PM. Meetings will be held in the main banquet room on the ground floor. Enter the main door and "buzz" in. Food and legal beverages are offered at reasonable prices. The public is welcome.
Law Enforcement from WCO Tom Edwards, Northwest Region Office:
With the influx of anglers this past weekend, area officers, assisted by outside district officers, were on top of a considerable number of violations. Approximately 25 citations were issued over this past weekend. Cases included littering, fishing without a license, Lake Erie permit violations, fishing in nursery waters, snagging, unlawful fish disposition and multiple over limit cases. Approximately 80 warnings were issued for other violations.
PFBC staff remind anglers that fish may be given to another person, but the fish shall be counted in the donor’s creel limit and neither the donor nor the recipient may kill or possess more that the limit allowed. Also be aware that it is illegal to sell, offer to sell, buy, or offer to buy any fish not taken by a licensed commercial fisherman, The sale of any sport angler caught fish carries very stiff penalties.
Walnut Creek Basin Fishing Reminder: The Walnut Creek marina basin will be open to anglers Wednesday November 2nd at 4:00 PM. Boat launch ramps will be left in another week or so.