May 14th, 2008|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Although there is still some good bass fishing in the area tribs, most of the attention has now turned to the Presque Isle Bay and the Lake. Anglers have been taking to the shorelines at the mouths of Walnut Creek, Trout Run, and Godfrey fun in search of the elusive night time walleye. A few catches have been reported with patience and calm nights the key. Bass fishing has been hot in the Bay and along the Erie shoreline with a good number of 6 LB catches reported. The perch schools have not really formed yet, however, fair to good catches of nice size perch have been reported in the Bay and off the North and South Piers along the Erie channel. Nice size Pike are being picked up in the west end of Presque Isle Bay. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 55 degrees, off Cleveland, 52 degrees and off the Port of Erie, 49 degrees.
Walnut Creek Access Area:
The old boat barn in the east lot at the Walnut Creek Access area is scheduled to be torn down over the next few weeks as part of preliminary improvements to the area. This should open additional areas for much needed parking.
The Walnut Creek office is now open under its full time summer hours.
Important Lake Erie Navigation Information:
Boater often ask where the lines and navigation points are for Canada, Ohio, and New York. The are as follows:
PA/OHIO Line 42 degrees : 58.65 minutes N 80 degrees : 31.1 minutes W
PA/OHIO/CANADA 42 degrees : 19.5 minutes N 80 degrees : 31.1 minutes W
WALNUT ACCESS 42 degrees : 04.6 minutes N 80 degrees : 14.3 minutes W
ERIE BUOY 42 degrees : 09.78 minutes N 80 degrees : 03.27 minutes W
NORTHEAST MARINA 42 degrees : 15.6 minutes N 79 degrees : 48.5 minutes W
NEW YORK/PA Line 42 degrees : 16.2 minutes N 79 degrees : 45.7 minutes W
NY/PA/CANADA 42 degrees : 31.0 minutes N 79 degrees : 45.7 minutes W
WALNUT ACCESS 28872.9 : 58390.7
ERIE CHANNEL 28880.0 : 58510.0
NORTHEAST MARINA 28890.4 : 58666.6
Questions always come up early in the season regarding requirements for boat registration. The following offers guidelines for registration:
Boats propelled by machinery, including electric motors, must be registered, and they must properly display numbers and a boat registration validation decal. This includes all motorboats regardless of the boat's length and type of motor.
No other number may be displayed on either side of the bow. These numbers may not be removed, altered, tampered with, or defaced except by the owner or representative. Documented vessels, as well as kayaks, sculls, sailboards, and other low-volume boats of similar design, are exempt from the display of numbers but they must display the validation decal. Inflatable boats may carry their numbers and validation decal on boards lashed to each side of the bow. Powered canoes are not exempt and must display the numbers and the decal.
Often, boaters tell us that they "just sent in their renewal" or "I have my canceled check" and is it okay to boat. The response to this is the boat is considered to be legally registered when the validation sticker is on the boat and the registration card is received and signed. A boat without a current validation sticker and numbers affixed to both sides the bow and a signed registration card are no more legal than an automobile without a current license plate sticker and signed registration card. Questions regarding status of one's registration processing can be directed to 1 800-BOATREG
Un-powered boats using Commission lakes and access areas must be registered OR display a Commission use permit OR display a State Parks launch or mooring permit.
Boat titles are issued when a boat is sold or when ownership is conveyed. Titles are required for motorboats with a model year of 1997 and newer, except for those that are powered by an outboard motor that are less than 14 feet in length. All 1997 or newer personal watercraft, are also subject to the titling requirement. Voluntary titling is available for any other boat.
Wednesday Night...Showers likely in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy with a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds 15 to 20 mph...becoming north 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s.
Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.
Saturday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s.
Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s.
Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s.
Tuesday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs around 60.