WCO Report for Erie County 06/24/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 23, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 23, 2009 at 21:12:58:

June 23rd, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Walleye season on Lake Erie has been off to a slow start in our area mainly due to a long cold spring and lower than usual water temperatures. Summer is finally here, (officially anyway) and things are starting to pick up. Similar to most years, the early season walleye are being found closer to shore. Thirty feet of water and down as shallow as 20 feet of water along the lake shore has been somewhat productive. With temperatures in the mid 60s, anglers should see more activity.

Perch fishing is picking up and finding them hasnít been as difficult. Many limits are being reported. Due North of Walnut creek in 40 to 45 feet of water, north of Trout Run, and off the point at Presque Isle have been productive.

Bass fishing is still good in 25 to 35 feet of water all along the lake shore.

Current Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 69 degrees, of Cleveland, 64 degrees and off the Port of Erie, 64 degrees.

All boats must show required running lights between sunset and sunrise and also during periods of restricted visibility while underway. Check your Boater's Handbook for details and requirements for your particular boat.
All boats must display anchor lights when they are anchored between sunset and sunrise on any boatable Commonwealth waters (except in special anchorage areas). An anchor light is considered an all around white light with 360 degree visibility.

Boat Registration:
Questions come in all summer long regarding boat registration requirements and when and where does a boat have to be registered. The following offers the 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. 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.

Unpowered 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. Questions or problems can be directed to 1-800-BOATREG.

Keeping worms Lively:
Cool moisture is the key in keeping Crawlers lively. Worm bedding can be purchased at any bait or tackle shop and does an excellent job of retaining the right amount of moisture. Several layers of newspaper or a small cloth on top of the bedding will allow you to place a few ice cubes in your worm box and will allow cool water to seep into the bedding without over saturating. Commercial fish attractants also can be sprayed onto the bedding if desired. Crawlers will keep for months in the fridge with occasionak bedding changes. Be sure to label them to alert the rest of the family...unless you are into bizarre foods.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. West winds around 5 mph...becoming southwest after midnight.

Thursday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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

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

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 80.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

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

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

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

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

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