WCO Report for Erie County 08/06/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 06, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on August 06, 2008 at 03:53:24:

August 6th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


A slight slow down in the action on Lake Erie had a few anglers concerned, however, overall conditions and catches are still good. Perch are still holding heavily in 62 - 64 feet of water north of Walnut Creek and North of the Point off Presque Isle. Many limits are still being brought in.....when the fish are hitting. Walleye are are being brought in in fair to good numbers from the trenches. A few Steelhead and Lake trout are being caught in the second trench. Current water temperature off Toledo is 75 degrees, off Cleveland, 75 degrees, and off the Port of Erie, 76 degrees.

Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will hold its first meeting of the season (a sure sign that Fall is just around the corner) on Wednesday August 13th at the American Legion on West 12th street (route 5 near the Airport) at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome.

Youth Field Days for Erie County, August 9th, 2008:
The Erie County Youth Field days event will be held at the Gem City Outdoorsmen Club. This is an action packed event for the kids that includes instruction for rifle, fishing, canoeing, archery, fly tying and more. The event includes lunch for the kids, free tee shirts, door prizes along with a variety of outdoor demonstrations. All kids are welcome and although the event is free, pre registration is required. To register, call (814) 432-3187 after 6:00 PM.

Youth Field Days are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Deer Association, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Pennsylvania Trapper's Association, the Friends of the NRA, and the Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association along with a number of local sponsors.

Celebrate Erie Takes Place August 14th - 17th:
Celebrate Erie (formally, We Love Erie Days) takes place August 14th -17th. This is the largest summer event in the city and combines the Arts, Music, great food, and a wealth of Downtown events and activities. This year the event will take over State street from 4th street to 12th street. The gala fireworks display over Presque Isle Bay takes place Sunday Night at 9:30 PM. The view of hundreds of boats dotting the Bay combined with the largest fireworks display in the area is breath taking. A marked safety perimeter around Dobbins Landing will be maintained by area law enforcement during the fireworks display. Boater cooperation will be appreciated. For more information on this great weekend and for a weekend schedule go to Celebrate Erie 2008

>b>Getting Emergency Help on the Water On the Water:
A minor problem can rapidly develop into a situation beyond your control. For this reason, let someone know even when you are experiencing relatively minor difficulties, before your situation turns into an emergency. The Coast Guard serves as Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinator for all maritime emergencies and is the appropriate point of contact whenever you are concerned for your safety. If you are in distress (distress is defined as a situation where you or your boat are threatened by grave or imminent danger requiring assistance), the Coast Guard will take immediate steps to help you. Normally, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue boats and/or aircraft will be sent, but assistance from any available source will be arranged to expedite your rescue.

How To Signal For Help
If you are in distress use "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY" on channel 16 on the marine radio. If your situation is not a distress, simply call "Coast Guard." Channel 16 VHF/FM and 2182khz HF/SSB are dedicated distress and calling frequencies and are monitored at all times. Citizen's Band (CB) is not dependable and is not monitored at most Coast Guard stations. If you do not have a radio, attempt to signal a fellow boater who can assist or call the Coast Guard for you. On Lake Erie, a marine radio will typically provide quicker response and have a better signal than a cell phone. In a distress situation, use flares or any other distress signaling device to catch the attention of another boater.

What To Tell The Coast Guard
While arranging help, you will be asked for the following:
Your location or position.
Exact nature of the problem (special problems).
Number of people on board.
Your boat's name, registration and description.
Safety equipment on board.
You also will typically be told to have all persons on board put on their PFD's
Listen and follow the instructions given.

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 60. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Friday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 70. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Saturday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s.

Sunday...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 80.

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