WCO Report for Erie County 8/16/2006: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 15, 206

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on August 15, 206 at 21:33:28:

August 16th, 2006

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Walleye action is still hot although perch fishing has been off the mark a bit. The large influx of walleye seems to have broken up the large schools of perch that have been enjoyed over the last few years. Limits of perch have not been as common this year. Typically, some of the best perch fishing often occurs in Septermber. What is lacking in perch catches is being heavily overshadowed by the walleye bounty. Anglers are still catching them in the shallows along the lake shore and picking up the larger walleye in the trenches. Steelhead catches continue to increase with most of the larger fish coming from the trenches. We have had some rough wind and wave conditions over the last week that slowed things down a bit. Perch and Walleye fishing should remain good over the next month and a half or so wind and waves permitting. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 74 degrees, off Cleveland, 71 degrees, and off Erie, 75 degrees.

From John Fuhrman and The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association:
This Saturday Morning, August 19th at 9:00AM the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association along with support from the French Creek Council Boy Scouts will construct and position two Walnut Creek walkway access handrails, one leading down to the "Stop Sign Hole" along the Project Waters and another at the Manchester Hole walkdown area. Handrails will provide improved angler access and safety while also enhancing and stabilizing the walkway soil and gravel areas. Those desiring to help are welcome. (bring a shovel)

PSA membership approved funds expenditure for this project, received PF&BC approval for the project plans and coordinated Boys Scouts' involvement as an outdoors environmental improvement project.

Walnut Creek access walkway upgrades are being installed by the PSA as a service to the angling public in preparation for the fast approaching fall steelhead fishing season and to help maintain, sustain and improve the Northwest PA. steelhead fishery.

Celebrate Erie 2006 is This Weekend:
Celebrate Erie (formerly, We Love Erie Days) takes place August 18-20th. This is the largest summer event in the city and combines the Arts, Music, great food, and a wealth of Downtown events and activities. This years music headliner will be the legendary Beach Boys. The gala fireworks display over Presque Isle Bay takes place Sunday Night at 10:00 PM (A change from last year). The view of hundreds of boats dotting the Bay combined with the largest fireworks display in the area is breath taking. A marked safety perimeter around Dobbins Landing will be maintained by area law enforcement during the fireworks display. With good weather, boat traffic on Presque Isle Bay can be heavy during the 3 day celebration. Use a little extra caution if you are out this weekend. Boater cooperation will be appreciated. For more information on this great weekend and for a weekend schedule go to Celebrate Erie 2006

No, they are not here yet, however it's not to early to spend a rainy day checking your gear. Cleaning and lubricating those reels and re-spooling with fresh line will go a long way when the first opportunity arrives. An update of your fly box and jig collection can keep you busy as well. Now is a good time to check over the fly and noodle rods. Look for loose or bent eyes, especially at the rod tip. Be sure all hooks are sharp. Dull hooks are easily spit by a lively Steelhead. Waders should be checked for leaks and repaired, particular those that have been hanging in a hot garage or sitting in a trunk all summer like mine. Take some time and review your Summary Book and be familiar with regulations, particularly those specific to Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and the Erie Tribs. It won't be but a few weeks before the dog days of summer will be giving way to the start of Steelhead season.

Boating Tip of the Week: Carry spare dock lines and fenders on your boat and be prepared to launch from either your port or starboard side. This helps to keep launch ramp traffic moving.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night
Clear. Lows in the mid 50s except around 60 near the lake. East winds around 5 mph.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night
Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

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

Partly cloudy in the morning...Then becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening...Then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

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

Mostly sunny in the morning...Then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

Monday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

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