Monster Carp Photo from Misery Bay|
June 4th, 2008
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Lake temperatures have struggled to reach the 60 degree mark making the West Basin walleye migration to our area somewhat later than usual. Perch continue to school, but are moving around. 25' - 40' of water due north of Walnut Creek and west to Trout Run. Similar depths north of Seagull Point continue to produce. Bass action has still been good under the current Trophy bass season. Regular bass season on Lake Erie Presque Isle Bay and the tribs begins June 14 when the limit goes to 4 fish with a minimum length of 15 inches. Trolling the lake shore at various depths until they are located and then jigging when you locate them is most productive. Tube baits and jigging blade baits have been hot. Walleye action has been sporadic but is picking up. Early Walleye target areas will be the "triangle" area east of the Ohio line and south of the Canadian line and along the second trench. Carp fanatics have been doing well in Misery Bay and the Lagoons area. These monsters can put up a great fight and are easy to catch. Strong line and a rod with a stiff back along with minnows, dead or alive and crawlers fished on the bottom are the ticket. Carp are the number one game fish in many European countries and have just started to gain popularity here. The weedy areas near shore in the Lagoons, particularly near the canoe livery at Presque Isle is are a good place to try. Current Lake Erie water temperature is 62 degrees off Toledo, 59 degrees off Cleveland and 60 degrees off the Port of Erie.
Pennsylvania / Ohio Line:
Pennsylvania has no reciprocal laws with Ohio on Lake Erie regarding regulations and a resident license is required for the state's waters that you are fishing. If on the Pennsylvania side of the line you must have a valid Pennsylvania license and all PA regulations apply. If on the Ohio side of the line, you must have and Ohio license and Ohio regulations will apply. If fishing along or near the state line (GPS 80 degrees, 31.1 minutes West) be sure you have the proper license and know the regulations for the waters you are on. For example, if you are from Ohio and have drifted well over the PA line, you must have a PA license, and all PA regulations will apply. Any fish caught in Ohio would count toward the limit in PA. Remember, Pa regulations state catch, kill, or possess when referring to seasons, sizes, and limits.
Walnut Creek Memorial/Recognition Wall Update from Christie Ferrier:
It is Spring believe it or not and the garden is growing and starting to bloom again! It will look wonderful soon. In the meantime, come down to the Walnut Creek Access and take a look at the beautiful garden and the wall. You may see some folks you know who have had pavers engraved and set in the wall. We still have room for you or your family --even your pet or boat!!! The 4 x 4's sell for $60 and the 8 x 8's for $120. There are 2 capstones left, and if anyone is interested in those, please contact me. The sale of any of these goes into the Erie Community Foundation in a fund to maintain the garden and wall into perpetuity. So, if you are interested in having someone dear to you remembered for a long long time---please think about the wall and pick up a brochure at the Walnut Creek Access Office, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 814-474-2577. Many people have used these as Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas gifts and very often as Memorials. Your paver will be there to be appreciated by your grandkids and your great great great grandkids!!!
Boating Safety Tip:
Always check local weather conditions for boating safety before departure. TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information along with the NOAA weather forecasts broadcast on nearly all weather and marine radios. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph... Becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Warmer with highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
Friday...Partly sunny. Hot with highs in the mid 80s.
Friday Night...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.
Sunday...Partly cloudy. Hot with highs in the mid 80s.
Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.
Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.
Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.