WCO Report and Photo for Erie County 09/02/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: September 01, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on September 01, 2009 at 22:15:46:

September 2nd, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Walleye have been large this year


Its hard to believe that summer is rapidly coming to a close and we will gradually make the annual transition from the Lake to the Tribs. For now however, the Lake continues to be fruitful giving up limit upon limit of mouth watering perch. Schools have moved a bit and the latest target areas have been in 62 feet of water due north of Walnut Creek and off the Point at Presque Isle. Walleye fishing continues to be sporadic with catch reports varying from day to day. Most of the Walleye that have been caught have been on the large side and as of now, the best catches remain in the deep water of the trenches. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Erie has taken a drop to 70 degrees.

No, don’t pack the motor home quite yet, but it shouldn’t be long. We have had a lot of cool nights in the 50's however the day time temperatures are on the mild side keeping the tribs relatively warm. Weekend patrols revealed a few steelhead being caught at dawn and at night on lower Elk Creek, but not enough to gas up the pick up yet. If the night time temperatures remain cool and we get a little more rain, we should see some movement. Hang in there...it won't be long.

Erie Tributary Hours:
From September 8th until the opening day of regular trout season in April, all Lake Erie tributary streams are closed to fishing from 10:00 PM. until 5:00 AM. with the exception Elk Creek north of Route 5 and Walnut Creek north of the Manchester Bridge. Closing Walnut Creek South of the Manchester Bridge (this includes the Manchester Hole) between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM the following day was put into effect two seasons ago and will be enforced this season
Erie Area Trout Regulations Change September 8th: Trout Regulations for Lake Erie, it's tributaries, and Presque Isle Bay change September 8th. The creel limit drops to 3 fish any combination (steelhead, coho, browns, lake trout) with a minimum size of 15" only 2 of which can be Lake Trout.

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.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming southeast after midnight.

Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds around 5 mph...becoming north in the afternoon.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming east after midnight.

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

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

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

Saturday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s.

Sunday...Mostly sunny in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

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

Labor Day...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

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

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

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