WCO Report for Erie County 09/16/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: September 15, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on September 15, 2009 at 21:52:52:

September 16th, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Perch fishing remains strong for the most part with the schools seemingly on the move and the best catches occurring in the morning hours. Many limits are still being caught in relatively short time periods Walleye are are beginning to scatter, although catches are still good mainly in the deeper waters of the trenches. Low tributary conditions and mild temperatures have kept any significant steelhead movement at bay. We have had little to no rainfall for several weeks. The steelhead that have entered the tribs have generally been confined near the mouths in limited numbers. Anglers that are having any luck at all are fishing late at night through daybreak. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Erie is degrees. Current West County tributary conditions are low and clear with little flow. Water depths near the mouths of Elk and Walnut Creek are fair and very fishable.

Regulations Pertinent To The Walnut Creek Access:
We so often hear an individual say "I didn't know" or "am I allowed" when it comes to regulations in our area. The following are a few more regulations directly affecting the Walnut Creek Access Area which is controlled by the PFBC. These are areas of concern and regulations that cover many of the typical problems we encounter with the large crowds and congestion in that area.
Boats have the absolute right of way over anglers fishing along the Walnut Creek Channel wall. Reminder signs are posted and any interference by shore anglers will be strictly enforced. Although boaters are reminded to sound their horns when exiting the channel, this is a courtesy and not a law. Wall anglers need to keep an open eye for boats entering and exiting the channel and immediately pull their lines to avoid tangling with boat props and outdrives.
Overnight camping (includes sleeping overnight in a vehicle or boat), building or maintaining open fires, swimming, and picking, cutting, or digging flowers, plants, shrubs and trees is prohibited.

The leaving or disposal of any rubbish on Commission property is prohibited unless placed in containers, if provided for this purpose. Disposal of any refuse accumulated off Commission property is prohibited.

Any personal, organizational or commercial use other than normally intended fishing and boating activities is prohibited, except that the executive director or his designee may issue permits to organizations for the use of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission properties, when it is determined that such use will not damage Commission property and will not interfere with normal usage by others.

The removal or defacing of any sign, poster or property is prohibited, and it shall be unlawful to damage in any manner any lands or to interfere with any device or structure, or to alter or interfere with the flow of water over or through any structure.
Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only. Blocking or obstructing driveways, access roads or launch ramps is prohibited.

No person may construct, place or maintain any structure, fixture or any other tangible property on or in Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property or waters without a permit from the executive director or his designee. Persons are further prohibited from encroaching upon Commission property in any manner incompatible with public use.

A vehicle properly registered and operated in conformance with the Vehicle Code (except all-terrain vehicles) is permitted on Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property on those areas that are open to vehicular traffic such as roadways, driveways, launch ramps and designated parking areas. It is unlawful to operate a vehicle on Commission property on (a) roads not open to the public, (b) in a negligent or reckless manner, (c) in a manner that obstructs or impedes public access to driveways, access roads and launch ramps, (d) in a manner not in conformance with the posted traffic control signs or devices, (e) on forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and lands under cultivation, and (f) on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers or streams. The use of off-road motorized vehicles, including trail bikes, Tote Gotes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), air-cushioned vehicles, track vehicles, hydrofoils and the like, is prohibited.

Fishing in the Walnut Creek marina basin is currently prohibited.

Trespassing on Fish & Boat Commission property is prohibited where posted

Support Your Local Sportsmens' Clubs: The SONS of Lake Erie regular meeting will be held Monday evening at the Polish Falcons Club at 431 East 3rd Street, Erie PA. at 7:30 PM. For more information go to SONS of Lake Erie

Fall Bass Season: As the Fall season approaches and the waters of Presque Isle bay start to cool, are 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 Presque Isle Bay.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds 15 to 20 mph.

Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs around 70. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming northeast after midnight.

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

Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.

Saturday...Partly cloudy in the morning...then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

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

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

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

Monday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 70s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 50s.

Tuesday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs around 70.

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