November 28thj, 2007
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Heavy rains around the Erie area on Monday put a dampener on the opening day of the regular deer season and left the tribs bulging at their banks. Tuesday found the tribs high and raging with winds blowing all day at 30 to 40 knots. Needless to say, conditions were far from ideal. On the bright side, all the precipitation should keep the tribs flowing and the fish moving for a while. Hearty anglers were catching fish at the Walnut Creek marina basin in spite of the rough conditions and a few "gotta fish no matter what guys" threw common sense into the wind attempting to wade the torrent conditions on the Walnut Project waters. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 42 degrees. Current West County tributary conditions as of late Tuesday afternoon were high, muddy, and flowing hard.
Walnut Creek Access Information:
The Walnut Creek Access Office and restrooms will be open on a limited weekend schedule begin this Saturday, December 1st. Hours will be from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm for the next three weekends with the office closing for the season at 5:30 December 21st. Port a johns and dumpsters will remain throughout the winter for your convenience.
Yellow Perch Size Limit Changes December 1st:
The minimum size for yellow perch goes to 7" effective December 1st, 2007 until March 31st 2008 with daily creel limit remaining at 30.
Catch and Release:
Many anglers today release trout and other fish they catch. Most anglers do it for conservation reasons, but there are times when regulations require that fish be released. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee a released fish will live. Studies suggest that of 100 caught and released trout, as few as one or as many as 50 or more won't survive. The number that does survive depends on several factors: The length of the fight, where the fish is hooked, water temperature, and how the fish is handled and released. The only one of these factors under the absolute control of the angler is the handling and release. Following correct techniques for releasing fish improves the odds of that fish surviving.
Play fish quickly. Important anytime, but especially when waters are warm. Water temperatures of 70 degrees and warmer are rough on trout.
A landing net can help you land fish quickly. The best nets have a shallow bag made of fine mesh. If you must handle fish, wet your hands first. It's best for the fish if you keep your hands off.
Keep fish in water as much as possible.
Remove hooks from the mouth quickly. This is made easier with hemostats or long nose pliers. Cut the line if the fish is hooked deeply in the mouth or throat. Removing hooks from deep in the mouth or throat will likely injure the fish, and take valuable time. Barbless hooks may be easier to get out and be more sporting.
If the fish is bleeding or there is damage to the gills or eyes, keep the fish for dinner-if regulations allow.
If the fish is to be released, hold it gently upright underwater and let it swim away under its own power. If necessary, hold the fish out of the current until it revives. Fish that don't recover in a couple of minutes won't. Keep them for the skillet-if regulations allow.
Wednesday Night...Cloudy with a chance of rain showers. A chance of snow showers after midnight. Breezy with lows in the lower 30s. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Thursday...Snow showers likely. Additional light snow accumulation possible. Breezy with highs in the mid 30s. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Thursday Night...Snow showers likely. Blustery with lows in the mid 20s. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s.
Friday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s.
Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Sunday...Snow showers likely. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Sunday Night...Rain and snow showers likely. Lows in the mid 20s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Monday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s.
Monday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s.
Tuesday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Breezy with highs around 30.