WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Walnut Creek Channel and Basin Are Taking Time to Clear
Very little precipitation has left the tribs very low and clear with few remaining steelhead and plenty of suckers. Those with that late season steelhead itch will still find scattered fish on upper Elk in the I-90 area, in the Mckean Hole off I-79 and in the deeper areas near the mouth of Elk Creek. Anglers have been targeting spring Crappie with moderate success on along the South side of Presque Isle State Park. A variety of jigs are popular for shoreline crappie fishing, but generally you can't beat a live shiner under a float. Patient anglers have been doing well with the stockies at the Upper Gravel Pit pond in Fairview. Current Lake Erie water temperatures are forty degrees off Toledo, 37 degrees off Cleveland and 36 degrees off Erie.
Presque Isle Bay Public Advisory Committee Meeting:
A meeting of the Presque Isle Bay Public Advisory Committee will be held on April 24th at 6:30. The location is the Erie County Conservation District Headwaters Park, 1927 Wager Road (Wager road intersects route 8 just north of Interstate 90 in Erie). The meeting will focus on the Status of Fish Tumor Research, contaminated sediment in the harbor, and pollution impacts to the Bay from the watershed including the city of Erie. The public is welcome. For more information contact Dick Kubiak at (814) 899-9676
Elk Valley Sportsmen's Club Kids Fishing Derby
The Elk Valley Sportsmen's Association will be holding its annual fishing derby for kids 12 and under at the Girard Boro Park pond on Saturday, April 29th. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM with great prizes and refreshments for the kids. This is a terrific event for the kids (and great entertainment for the parents) and is always well attended. This is a great introduction to fishing for the youngsters. Get there early for that "hot spot". Any child 12 years of age or younger is welcome to join in the fun. Fishing gear and help is available for those kids in need. Club members and PFBC officers are always on hand to help out. (Hint: shiners or meal worms are generally the best bait)
Local Regulations Regarding The Big Opener:
Anglers should be aware of local regulations regarding the up coming regular season Trout opener.
The Upper Gravel Pit Pond, Lake Pleasant, and the East and West Basin Ponds at Presque Isle State Park have been open and part of the Early Season Trout Stocked Waters Program. These waters will be closed to fishing from April 1st until 8:00 AM, April 15th, the opening of regular trout season.
It is unlawful to fish or possess trout or salmon in or along any Lake Erie tributary stream or the East and West Basin Ponds (Waterworks Ponds, Presque Isle State Park) from 12:01 AM on April 14th until 8:00 AM on April 15th, a period of 32 hours
All anglers fishing Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and their tributaries are required to possess a valid Lake Erie permit.
The main tributaries where a permit is required are: Cascade Creek, Crooked Creek, Eight mile Creek, Elk Creek, Four mile Creek, Mill Creek, Raccoon Creek, Seven mile Creek, Six mile Creek, Sixteenmile Creek, Twelve mile Creek, Twenty mile Creek, and Walnut Creek.
Conneaut Creek, although partially in the Commonwealth, does actually enter into Lake Erie within the border of the state of Ohio. Therefore, anglers are not required to possess a Lake Erie Permit.
Anglers fishing the East and West Basin ponds (Waterworks Ponds, Presque Isle State Park) are not required to possess a Lake Erie Permit.
Anglers fishing inland ponds, lakes and reservoirs in Erie County are not required to possess a Lake Erie Permit.
In many cases an angler may need both a trout/salmon permit and a Lake Erie permit to fish in waters in the Erie area. Rather than purchasing these individually, a Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie permit may be purchased.
Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition Forum, Last Reminder:
The Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition will be presenting its second annual Sportsmen's Forum with presentations by both the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The exciting field of speakers includes Dr. Doug Austen, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Dr. Austen is scheduled to present the Youth Fishing License Program and discuss the Erie Access Improvement Program. Cal DuBrock, Wildlife Management Director for the PGC, will be discussing Deer Management and Roger Coup, Wildlife Management Supervisor, will be discussing new wildlife projects in 2006. The Executive Director of the PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will be discussing the Erie Bluffs State Park. The floor will be open to questions following the presentations as time permits. These event encompasses many of the hottest topics for all area sportsmen and those attending will likely see a standing room only event. The forum will be held Friday March 31st from 7:00 PM till 9:00PM at Northwestern High School, 200 Harthan Way, Albion, PA. just 2 blocks off Route 6N in
Local Weather: Wednesday Night Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Showers and thunderstorms likely. Breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Friday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 50s.
Saturday Night Mostly cloudy in the evening...Then becoming partly cloudy. Cooler with lows in the mid 30s.
Sunday Partly sunny. Highs around 50.
Sunday Night Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s.
Monday Partly sunny. A chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 50. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Monday Night Partly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s.