WCO Report for Erie County 08/13/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 12, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on August 12, 2008 at 17:24:58:

August 13th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Wind and wave conditions over the past week seemed to have scattered the fish but general, Perch are still hitting strong north and slightly west of Walnut Creek in 62 to 64 feet of water. Anglers are finding the large clusters or packs of boats are not always the best place to limit out. With the recent rough weather conditions, try moving away from the packs of boats if you are not having success. Limits of perch are still common now with the best times being right after sunrise and right before sunset. Perch fishing should remain good into the Fall months, wind and waves permitting, with the largest schools settling in between 50 and 65 feet of water north of Walnut Creek. Shiners are still in good supply at local bait shops. Walleye are still being brought in good numbers with occasional limits being reported. All this and Steelhead season is just around the corner. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 71 degrees, off Cleveland, 74 degrees, and off the Port of Erie, 74 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) tonight, Wednesday August 13th at the American Legion on West 12th street (route 5 just east of the Tom Ridge Field) at 7:00 PM. WCO Brook Tolbert is scheduled to attend to answer any pre season questions. The public is welcome.

No, they are not here yet, however it's not to early to spend a rainy day checking your gear. Cleaning and lubricating those reels and re-spooling with fresh line will go a long way when the first opportunity arrives. An update of your fly box and jig collection can keep you busy as well. Now is a good time to check over the fly and noodle rods. Look for loose or bent eyes, especially at the rod tip. Be sure all hooks are sharp. Dull hooks are easily spit by a lively Steelhead. Waders should be checked for leaks and repaired, particular those that have been hanging in a hot garage or sitting in a trunk all summer. It won't be but a few weeks before the dog days of summer will be giving way to cooler temperatures and the start of Steelhead season. The tribs are little more than a trickle at this time but with a little luck and a lot of rain it wont be long.

Celebrate Erie Takes Place this Weekend:
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. This year's headline is the legendary rock band Foreigner. 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

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming northeast in the afternoon.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 60. Northeast winds around 10 mph.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 60.

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.

Monday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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