WCO Report for Erie County 9/27/2006: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: September 26, 206

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on September 26, 206 at 20:28:36:

September 27th, 2006

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Recent rains continue to bring in additional steelhead and many limits have been observed over the last few days. Surprisingly, the crowds have not been the usual chaos that we have seen over the last few years......yet! There has been a fair amount of elbow room throughout the WCAA Project waters and at the mouth of Elk Creek. Trout Run has been congested during the early morning hours on the weekends although there have been only a handful of anglers fishing the shorelines at night. Boaters are still targeting perch and doing fair to good although the walleye catches are starting to slow down. Current Lake Erie water temperatures as of this writing are 62 degrees off Toledo, 66 degrees off Cleveland, and 65 degrees off Erie, still quite warm for this time of year. Current West side tributary conditions as of Tuesday afternoon were some what low and clear with reasonable flow.

Update on Fishing Access at 4 Mile Creek from WCO Ed Stuart:
Four Mile Creek is open to public fishing, however, anglers must access the creek either from the Golf Course side of the creek, or from the beach and up the mouth. Access to the creek from Fishing Club property has been restricted by the Fishing Club. Do not trespass upon Fishing Club property--it is properly posted.
Anglers may park their vehicles in the eastern side of the parking lot (GE picnic pavilion side of lot) and cross the Golf Course foot bridge, and quietly walk along the tree line (in the rough) and down the hillside to access the creek.

Please do not hesitate to request further information regarding Four Mile Creek.

Update on the Walnut Creek Sunset Garden Memorial / Recognition Wall from Christie Ferrier:

It’s Spring again and while the garden is still asleep, we have been receiving requests for more wall pavers to be engraved! Most of you who regularly log on to this web site know about the garden and the wall. For those of you who are new, the purpose of this community garden is beautification and education for the visitors to the Marina. The wall is a means to preserve memories and recognize important persons or events in the lives of people who use this beautiful Marina to fish, boat, walk their dogs, watch the sunsets, take walks – even fly kites!

The sale of the pavers brings in the money needed to maintain the garden and the wall, and when it reaches $10,000 (we are at $9,000), it will be put into the Erie Community Foundation so that the garden and wall will be maintained into perpetuity.

The wall is now structurally finished – the large cap stones are in place and several have already been engraved. There are still 6 sides of these stones available, one of which can be yours to engrave as you wish. These are very special and would make wonderfully meaningful memories for your family or business. Think how exciting it would be for your grandchildren – great grandchildren – to see their family name on this wall in 50 to 100 years from now!

I now have about 6 new orders for pavers, and they will be processed when the weather becomes warm and dry. So, if you are interested, either contact me at the address below or see the ladies in the Walnut Creek Access Office

Christie Ferrier – 814-4742577 or cbfbeach@aol.com

Last Chance: There are still tickets remaining for the The Pennsylvania Steelhead Associations Big Run Raffle and Banquet on Saturday September 30th starting at 2:00 PM at the Shades Beach picnic grounds off Route 5 in Northeast. Only 300 numbered tickets are sold for the event at a cost of 20.00 each. The ticket includes a scrumptious pig roast, hot dogs for the kids, all the sides and fixings, snacks, beer and soda. Each ticket number is entered into a drawing for prize money ranging from 20.00 to the grand prize of 1500.00. Each ticket has a 1 in 15 chance of winning. The picnic type event also include additional prizes, a Chinese auction, demonstration events and more!! Tickets may be purchased in person at Poor Richards East and West or at the Fish USA store on West 12th street in Erie. For more information you can contact Poor Richards by telephone at (814) 474-5623, or Glenn Mills by email at glenn@pasteelhead.org. Please use PSA in the subject line when contacting Glenn. The PA Steelhead Association works closely with the PFBC, Trout Unlimited and other area clubs to help promote good landowner relations and to promote public access.

Fair Warning:

Anglers fishing the North Wall along the channel at Walnut Creek Access area are advised the parking in the north lot immediately adjacent to the Wall is specifically marked and for the use of the Marina tenants and those with handicapped placards only. Anglers with out Marina Parking permits in this area are being given limited warnings and are subject to fines with license numbers being noted as to those in violation. Parking in this area is open to all upon removal of the docks for the season which is still a better than a month away. A large sign at the entrance to this area clearly explains that the area is for marina tenants and the handicapped.

Area Reminders:
With the Trout Run Marina and parking area closed, parking at on Avonia Road (route 98) near the lake will again be a real problem for now. Anglers are to be advised that careless parking in this area will be addressed. Vehicles on either side of the road that block traffic, especially for emergency vehicles, will be subject to citations and possible removal without warning, at the owners expense. Vehicles blocking driveways or right a ways will be immediately addressed

Anglers are also reminded that there is no parking on anywhere on either side of Manchester and Dutch Roads.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms. Breezy with lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.


Showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Cooler with highs in the upper 50s. North winds 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night

Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 60 percent.


Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.


Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50.


Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50.


Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.

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