April 11th, 2007|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Conditions: Area tribs have been running very clear with some flow remaining. Early forecasts for opening day in our area is suggesting that day time temperatures may get in the fifties with a chance of run..in other words very typical for the trout opener. Steelhead are still scattered throughout the tribs and there will likely be a good number around for the opener along with suckers and our precious smolts. Current Lake Erie water temperatures as of this writing are 40 degrees off Toledo, 38 degrees off Cleveland and 37 degrees off the Port of Erie.
The Big Day
Boats on the Gravel Pit Pond as well as all PFBC owned waters, require PFBC or DCNR State Parks registration. Internal combustion engines are not permitted. Water temperatures will still be bone chilling on opening day....make sure your safety equipment is in order. A PFD is required for all persons on board. They must be coast guard approved, in good serviceable condition and be easily accessible.
Anglers are advised that the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Tributaries (yes, all of them) are closed to fishing from 12:01 April 13th to 8:00 AM April 14th ( a 32 hour period). Anglers are also reminded that at 8:00 AM on April 14th, trout regulations go to a creel limit of 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 9"
All anglers fishing Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and their tributaries are required to possess a valid Lake Erie permit and Trout stamp or a combination stamp The main tributaries where a permit is required are: Cascade Creek, Crooked Creek, Eightmile Creek, Elk Creek, Fourmile Creek, Mill Creek, Raccoon Creek, Sevenmile Creek, Sixmile Creek, Sixteenmile Creek, Twelvemile Creek, Twentymile 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.
Some opening day suggestions:
Support Your Local Sportsmens Clubs: The PA Steelhead Association will have its monthly meeting, Wednesday, April 11th, 7:00 P.M. at the American Legion Post on Route 5 just East of the Airport. Guest speaker WCO Brook Tolbert speaking on "Kids Fishing." As always the public is invited.
Trout Run at the Lake Shore: Development on the property on the East side of Route 98 at Trout Run (the former Brugger property) is now underway. Development plans for this area are on file with Fairview Township.
Udate on the Walnut Creek Sunset Memorial /Recognition Wall: Spring is here 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. We have finally reached the goal of $10,000!!!! The money is now in the hands of the Erie Community Foundation and will be earning interest every year which will help pay for the upkeep and any future plans as long as the garden and the wall exist. So, those of you who have helped us with this project can be proud of your participation.
There are still 4x8 and 8x8 pavers available and 2-4 sides of the large cap stones ready for someone's name. The wall becomes more and more meaningful every year that passes. Please drop down to the Marina and take a look. Last year we had many visitors who paused to take pictures and to check out the names of persons they knew or of ones who had passed away. We were even the site of a wedding ceremony.
So, if you are interested, either contact me at the address below or see the ladies at the Administration building as soon as it opens. Christie Ferrier - firstname.lastname@example.org
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