WCO Report for Erie County 09/17/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: September 17, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on September 17, 2008 at 06:58:13:

September 17th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

The remains of hurricane Ike blew through the Erie area earlier this week bringing additional rain and high winds. The winds made for difficult lake conditions but did put a bit of color an depth to the area tribs. Long range forecasts over the next week are not calling for any rain to speak of so we should be seeing a quick drop to very low an very clear conditions once again. Some steelhead have been holding in the lower stretches of Walnut and Elk Creeks and have been spotted surfacing along the shoreline at Trout Run. A number of steelhead have already been caught in the "chutes" area of Walnut Creek and have been spotted as far as Route 5. A number of 10 LB plus fish have been reportedly been taken out of Walnut. Lets again emphasize that the tribs are not shadowed with steelhead yet, how ever, for those willing fish at night where permitted or at daybreak or sunset may be rewarded with a few catches. Good Perch fishing and fair to good walleye fishing should continue, wind and waves permitting. Current Lake Erie water temperatures off Toledo are 67 degrees, off Cleveland, 67 degrees, and of the Port of Erie, 69 degrees.

Fall Bass Fishing in Presque Isle Bay: As the Fall season approaches and the waters of Presque Isle bay start to cool, area anglers can often find some of the best action of the year. Cooler temperatures mean more oxygen which often translates to more action. Most types of presentations can be effective at times from the rattling crank baits, to top water baits, to the plastics. Weedless hooks are almost a must in most areas of of the Bay. Very often, Presque Isle Bay will be calm when Lake Erie blowing. The calmer waters of the Bay can often save the trip to Erie when the Lake conditions are rough.

Important Reminder Concerning Overnight Anglers and Boaters Using the Walnut Creek Access Area: The Fall steelhead season is fast approaching in Erie County and anglers should be aware that camping on Fish and Boat Commission property is unlawful. Access areas include, Walnut Creek Access Area, Elk Creek Access Area, Sterrettania Access Area, Fairview Gravel Pits, North East Access Area and Eaton Reservoir.

Section 741 (a) Regulation 53.2 (a)

It is unlawful for a person to camp overnight on or in Commission-owned or controlled property or waters, to erect a tent or other device used for, or capable of being used for cooking or sleeping, or to build or maintain open fires on such property.

You are in violation of this section if you are sleeping in a vehicle, camper or motor home on PA Fish and Boat Commission Property.

Please make other accommodations for overnight stays while fishing or boating. Any questions can be directed to the Erie WCO's or to the PA Fish and Boat Commission, Bureau of Law Enforcement, Northwest Region Office at (814) 337-0444

Campgrounds: The following is a list of published campgrounds. There may be more, although this list is comprised of those we could find with phone numbers. It would be wise to call ahead to assure their seasonal hours and availability. The Erie Area offers a wide range of motels for every budget as well.

Camp Eriez 9356 W. Lake Rd., Lake City, PA 16423 (814) 774-8381

Cassidys Presque Isle Trailer Park & Campground 3749 Zimmerly Rd., Erie, PA 16506 (814) 833-6035

Creekside Campgrounds 10834 Route 89, North East, PA 16428 (814) 725-5523

Erie KOA Kampground 6645 West Rd., Mc Kean, PA 16426 (814) 476-7706

Erie/Waterford Boondocking Waterford, PA 16441 (814) 796-1018

Family Affair Camp Ground 9640 Findley Lake Rd., North East, PA 16428 (814) 725-8112

Follys End Campground Rt. 98 R D 2, Girard, PA 16417 (814) 474-5730

Harecreek Campground 375 Sciota St., Corry, PA 16407 (814) 664-9684

Hemlock Lakes Park RD 3, Box 83, Spartansburg, PA 16434 (814) 664-2994

Higbys 3-M Campgrounds 24360 Lakeview Dr, Union City, PA 16438 (814) 694-2501

Hill's Family Campground 6300 Sterrettania Rd., Fairview, PA 16415 (814) 833-3272

Lampe Marina Campground Foot of Port Access Road, Erie, PA 16507 (814) 455-7557 Ext. 234

Liana's Lake Park 10827 Eureka Rd, Edinboro, PA 16412 (814) 734-3201

Moon Meadows Campground 9915 Station Rd., Erie, PA 16510 (814) 725-9360

Pine Lane Campground 11709 W Lake Rd., East Springfield, PA 16411 (814) 774-4808

R & K Campground 6601 Sterrettania Rd., Fairview, PA 16415 (814) 838-1082

Sara's Beachcomber Campground 50 Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA 16505 (814) 833-4560

Uncle Jons Elk Creek Campground 575 Elk Creek Road, Lake City, PA. 16423

Virginia'sVirginia's Beach Campground On The Lake 352 Holliday Rd., PO Box 75, North Springfield, PA 16430 (814) 922-3261

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph... Becoming north after midnight.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Lows around 50. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs around 70.

Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s.

Saturday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.

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

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

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

Monday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s.

Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s.

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