WCO Report for Erie County 6/21/2006: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 20, 206

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 20, 206 at 22:00:34:

June 21st, 2006

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Perch and Walleye anglers continue to do very well with good wind and wave conditions over the last week allowing plenty of quality fishing time. Most of the Walleye being brought in have been in the 16 to 24" range with a "hawg" or two here and there. Walleye continue to be caught in 15 to 40 feet of water west of Walnut Creek to Crooked Creek and beyond to the Ohio Line. Boaters using planer boards seem to have more success by keeping the bait presentations away from the boat in the clear, shallow water along the lake shore. Anglers have been reporting that they are "everywhere". Perch anglers are doing well also fishing the bottom with emerald shiners, although fathead minnows will do in a pinch and will last longer in the bait bucket. Current Lake Erie water temperatures are 69 degrees off Toledo, 68 degrees off Cleveland, and 69 degrees off Erie.

Poor Richards Annual Walleye Tournament:
Gary and Dot Heubel, owners of Poor Richard's Bait and Tackle, will be hosting their annual walleye tournament to benefit the SONS of Lake Erie Walleye Hatchery. The tournament begins at 5:00 AM, July 15th and runs through August 13th at 6:00 PM. This tournament is open to the public at a cost of $5.00 per person and $5.00 to join the SONS if you are not already a member. Fish entries will be accepted from the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie. Prizes are based on the number of entrants. For registration, rules, and more information, contact Poor Richards West at 814-474-5623 or Poor Richards East at 814-725-8483

American Red Cross Fishing Tournament:
The American Red Cross will host the 2006 Presque Isle Fishing Tourney Sunday July 16th, 2006. This is an open team tournament for bass offering significant prize money. For further information, official rules and to register a team go to 2006 Presque Isle Fishing Tournament

Drinking, Boating, and the Law:
With Summer and warm weather upon us drinking and boating all too often become related activities. The penalties for operation of a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance could lead to a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $7,500, or imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both, plus the loss of boating privileges for a period of 12 months. Homicide by watercraft while under the influence carries a fine of not less than $2,500 nor exceeding $15,000, or imprisonment of no less than three and no more than seven years, or both. In addition to the offenses described above, operating a watercraft under the influence may also violate other laws. These may include prohibitions against reckless or negligent operation of boats, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and under-age drinking. Can you afford it?

Few Bass Techniques:
Tube Jigs:
Tube jigs are very popular along the lake shore. Combined with a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce lead head jig hook they can be deadly. Popular colors include pumpkin seed, chartreuse, black with sparkles, and brown. Working them off the bottom can be very productive.
Close-Quarters Jigging
This technique works well for big large mouths, so you will need a strong and stiff rod. You will also need at least 20-pound monofilament line. Use monofilament because it is less abrasive then other lines. You will be fishing in heavy cover. It is recommended you use jigs with nylon bristles. This helps prevents snags. Work the jig into heavy cover. Then jig it up and down several times. The heavier the jig the better.

Topwater Buzzing
Of all the top water baits available, the buzzbait is the most productive, versatile, and forgiving lures. It gets bass out of cover, and attracts them in open water. Most anglers fish a buzzbait too fast. Retrieve slowly so the blade just barely spins. This will catch you more fish. Keep the rod tip held high for best results.

Carolina-Rigging Soft Plastics
The Carolina rig requires a 3/4 or 1 ounce egg or bullet sinker. Assemble a Carolina rig by threading the main line through the sinker, followed by a 8mm glass bead, and tie off to a swivel. The bead protects the knot, and makes noise when it hits the sinker. To the other end of the swivel, tie a 3 to 5 foot leader and a 3/0 offset worm hook. The leader should be monofilament, 10 to 14 pound test. Carolina rigs can be purchased pre rigged also. Add a 6-inch lizard, or a worm, crawfish, tube, or other soft plastic.

Deep-Cranking Spinner baits
Fishing 8 to 20 feet of water with spinner baits can produce big bass. A heavier spinner bait is needed to get it down deep. A good color combination is gold and silver blades with chartreuse and white skirts. Position your boat in deep water, and cast over structure, ledges, or other bass holding areas. Let the lure sink to the bottom, then give a slight pull on the rod to start the blades. Maintain a slow retrieve to keep the lure near the bottom.

Twitching Floating Worms
This technique works well by structure near open water such as boat docks. A twitching action of pull, then pause, works well. It simulates a dying minnow or worm. The Banjo Minnow is an example of this technique. Normally you can see the bait and any strikes. If you canít, be ready because fish on average will hit on the pause. You can cover good water with this technique.

Live Baits:
Shiners, night crawlers and crawfish are all good choices for bass, all of which are available locally

Local Weather: Wednesday Night Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Friday Mostly cloudy in the morning, Then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Friday Night Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Saturday Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Saturday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.

Sunday Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Sunday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.

Monday Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

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