WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
Conditions: Tributary levels continue to drop with the lack of precipitation. High winds and some rain did little to help the cause other than to deposit a significant number of leaves with little flow to wash them down stream. Anglers are finding the larger holes and the mouths over crowded and the fish doing little to cooperate. Lake shore fishing at Trout and Godfrey Runs has been difficult with heavy lake conditions although on calm days, fishing is good. A better strategy might be to do a little walking. You may have better success in a less crowded area (if you can find one) even though there may be less fish, they may be less line shy with the low, clear conditions. A significant amount of precipitation will be needed over a long period of time to get the tribs up to more normal levels.
Violations in our area can be reported as follows:
WCO Brook Tolbert, West Erie County: cell (814) 566-7869
Law Enforcement Summary from WCO Tom Edwards, Northwest Region Office: Enforcement action began on Thursday morning with the Pennsylvania State Police stopping a vehicle with 4 individuals soaking wet, covered in sand and in possession of a landing net in plain view. A subsequent investigation revealed 42 steelhead in a tote in the vehicles trunk. Information was obtained relating to 2 individuals taking a significant number of steelhead on Thursday, 2 WCO’s conducted plainclothes surveillance of suspects on Friday which resulted in violations for over the legal limit (17 steelhead) and filleting regulations. Other enforcement actions taken on Lake Erie Tributaries included the following:
* 8 Snagging cases
Anglers are to be commended for their assistance and are always encouraged to call in violation information to Walnut Creek Access Area and Local WCO’s. Without a complaint and good information regarding the above individuals it would have been very hard if not impossible to take action on this abuse of our valuable resource.
Walnut Creek Access Information: All basin marina docks including the launch ramps have been removed. Although launching is still permitted, boaters are advised that the end of the Walnut Channel is nearly filled in as a result of the excessive wind and waves this past weekend.
Littering: The littering messages are not getting through especially at the Walnut and Elk Creek Accesses. With dumpsters at every corner of the Walnut Creek parking lot, there is no excuse for anything left on the ground. All area officers are always on the watch for litter problems and maximum fines will be levied for any such violations. Take a responsibility for the area you are fishing and take a little extra trash to the dumpster, even if wasn't yours. It will make you feel good and a little effort by everyone will go a long way towards keeping our area a little cleaner and fishing access open to the public.
Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs: The PA Steelhead Association will have its monthly meeting beginning at 7 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2005. This months keynote speaker will be Victor Wheel from the United Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. Note the new location - meetings will be held at the American Legion Post 773 on 4109 West 12th Street, Erie, PA. 16505., Just East of the Erie Airport on Route 5. The public is welcome.
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Windy with lows in the lower 40s. West winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
Thursday Showers likely with a chance of snow showers. Windy and much cooler with highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Thursday Night Mostly cloudy in the evening...Then becoming partly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of rain showers. Breezy with lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph in the evening.
Veterans Day Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s.
Friday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
Saturday Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.
Sunday Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s.
Sunday Night Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s.
Monday Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 50s.
Monday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.
Tuesday Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 50s.