September 13th, 2006|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Yes, the steelhead are in, not in massive numbers yet but enough to make the fishing darn good. Anglers have been hooking good numbers of fresh steelhead along the Walnut Creek Channel wall and throughout the Project Waters and the Manchester Hole. Lower Elk is holding a good number of fish up to and around the Elk Creek access boat launch. A good steady run Tuesday morning brought the tribs to high and muddy levels and should leave addition steelhead behind and trigger additional upstream movement. Perch fishing is still excellent in between high wind and wave conditions. North of Walnut in 62' and North of the point at Presque Isle in 70' of water have been the reported good spots. Don’t count out the Walleye yet. Although the walleye action has slowed a bit, catch rates are still good. Anglers trolling for walleye are picking up good numbers of bonus steelhead as well. Steelhead are also staged in good number off the mouths allowing good opportunities at the mouths of Trout and Godfrey Runs. This weeks photos showcase the smorgasbord of fishing opportunities that Lake Erie has to offer in September. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 67 degrees, off Cleveland 70 degrees, and off Erie 68 degrees. Current tributary conditions as of Tuesday afternoon were high and muddy but falling.
Erie Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association
The S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie Fishing Club is an active organization of over 2000 members. Established in 1981, they are dedicated to the improvement of fishing on Lake Erie and its Pennsylvania tributaries. The organization has acted as a lobbyist for regulations supporting the growth of the Lake Erie fishery. They are members of the Cooperative Nursery Branch of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Through this alliance they have established a fish hatchery that annually produces and stocks approximately 1 million Walleye and 2 million Yellow Perch into Presque Isle Bay. Steelhead and Brown Trout are also produced in the hatchery. The S.O.N.S. also participate in the P.F.B.C. adopt-a-stream program. They are active in the clean up and stocking of Cascade creek, a previously polluted stream which was a receptor of industrial out fall. The Club, partnered with the P.F.B.C., has annually built and placed appropriate structures in the waters of Presque Isle Bay which provide habitat for the fish that call these waters their home.
The S.O.N.S. have stood in the forefront to support free public access to the waters of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. As a result of the clubs encouragement, ordinances and regulations have been enacted in the City of Erie that provide for free public access in all new developments on Presque Isle Bay.
The S.O.N.S. are always looking for more members and support. For more information and on this great organization go to Save Our Native Species
With the large crowds, litter is already becoming a problem. Officers will have little tolerance for this unfortunate problem. Be sure to police your area when you leave. A reminder that the Manchester hole is privately owned and fishing there is granted only by the generosity of the land owner. Fishing in the Manchester hole is permitted only from the West Bank. Fishing is not permitted on the "island" or on the East bank and is an enforceable violation of the law. Breaking the rules, littering or unruly behavior in this area can jeopardize public access to this great fishing spot.
Strict enforcement at the stop signs at the Walnut Access entrance shall continue. This is a heavily used pedestrian crossing and will be enforced for those failing to stop their vehicle. There have been several near misses already this season.
Important Information Concerning Overnight Anglers and Boaters Using the Walnut Creek Access Area: The Fall steelhead season is getting underway in Erie County and anglers should be aware that camping on Fish and Boat Commission controlled property is unlawful. Locally these a areas include, the Walnut Creek Access Area, Elk Creek Access Area (East side of Elk), Sterrettania Access Area, Fairview Gravel Pits, North East Access Area and Eaton Reservoir.
It is unlawful for a person to camp overnight on or in Commission-owned or controlled property or waters, to erect a tent or other device used for, or capable of being used for cooking or sleeping, or to build or maintain open fires on such property.
Winterizing Those Marine Engines Unfortunately winterizing is a part of life in our area. Before you take any steps to prepare your engine for winter lay-up, read your manufacturer’s manual and review their winterizing requirements or check with your local marine dealer. A little extra effort when winterizing can make the first run of the next years season far more enjoyable.
Here are some basic general engine prep tips:
Drain the raw water systems.
Fill the fuel tank and add a commercial fuel stabilizer and run the engine to allow the stabilized fuel to work its way into the carburetor or injection system.
For inboard engines, follow these steps:
Run the engine to warm it up.
Marine Batteries: If your boat is to be left outside, remove the batteries. To clean the terminals and body of the batteries, wash with a solution of water and baking soda and rinse well with fresh water or use a commercial battery terminal cleaner or brush. Lightly grease the terminal end of the battery and the cables. Store batteries, fully charged in a cool dry place or leave them on an automatic trickle charge that maintains full charge levels. Store batteries off of concrete floors, preferably on a wood shelf. Monitor the water levels in the batteries every few weeks if not a sealed battery.
Thursday Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs around 70. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph...Becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
Friday Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
Friday Night Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s.
Saturday Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.
Saturday Night Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s.
Sunday Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s.
Sunday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
Monday Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.