WCO Report and Photo for Erie County 06/09/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 08, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 08, 2010 at 22:51:45:

June 9th, 2010

West Erie County

DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com


Bass angling along the lake shore is still good although starting to slow down as the spawning period comes to a close. Walleye catches are starting to pick up although limits are not common yet. Most walleye are still being caught near shore in 20' to 35' of water. Small dipseys or even flat lining may be all you need this shallow. Dawn and dusk are the peak periods for Walleye. It is often said that 10 percent of the anglers catch 90 percent of the fish and that 90 percent of the fish are caught before 10:00 AM. Anglers are beginning to try the trenches with limited success. Perch fishing is getting better with limits coming in frequently. Typically, perch will turn on after the sun is up and mid day can be the peak period when the sun is high in the sky. Just west of Walnut Creek in 47' of water has been a recent hot spot and off the point at Presque Isle. Current Lake Erie water temperature is 70 degrees.

Pennsylvania / Ohio Line:
Pennsylvania has no reciprocal laws with Ohio on Lake Erie regarding regulations and a resident license is required for the state's waters that you are fishing. If on the Pennsylvania side of the line you must have a valid Pennsylvania license and all PA regulations apply. If on the Ohio side of the line, you must have and Ohio license and Ohio regulations will apply. If fishing along or near the state line (GPS 80 degrees, 31.1 minutes West) be sure you have the proper license and know the regulations for the waters you are on. For example, if you are from Ohio and have drifted well over the PA line, you must have a PA license, and all PA regulations will apply.

Regular Bass Season Opens This Saturday, June 12th:
Regular Bass season opens this Saturday. Limits for Lake Erie and it's tributaries and Presque Isle Bay are 4 fish (combined species small and large mouth) with a 15" minimum length.

Trailering Tips:
Check for current registration and inspection sticker if required
Check rollers and pads
Look for broken springs
Check and lubricate wheel bearings
Clean and lubricate winch
Lubricate tongue jack and wheel
Test lights and electrical connections
Check tire pressure and condition. Tires with excessive dry cracks should be replaced
Check brakes (if equipped)
Check safety chains
Check tongue lock
If you are new to trailering, spend a little time in an open lot learning how to maneuver.

Erie Safe Boating Day -- June 12, 2010 -- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Two thirds of victims that die in boating accidents die from drowning. 90 % of these victims were not wearing a life jacket. Eight of ten boaters who drowned were using boats less than 20' in length. 70% of reported fatalities occurred on boats whose operator had not received boating safety instruction (National Safe Boating Council)

The Erie Safe Boating Task Force will be holding their annual Erie Safe Boating Day. With financial support PA Sea Grant and Erie Safe Kids Coalition, the event will be held a Wolverine Park Marina located on the East side of Dobbins Landing from 9:00AM to Noon. Transportation by boat form Liberty Park to the event will be provided by the Presque Isle Aqua Bus.

Featured Events on Land Will Include:

Attend one of three life jacket and visual distress programs (9, 10, and 11AM), to be eligible for the FREE adult and child's lifejacket exchange (3 maximum as supplies last), and flare exchange program (3 maximum as supplies last).

Watch fire extinguisher demonstrations by Mike Rinn, retired Erie Fire Fighter, and practice putting out a fire with hands on instruction.

Talk to representatives from the US Coast Guard, the PA. Fish and Boat Commission, Towboat US, the Flagship Niagara League and other boating and public safety organizations. Browse through displays and pick up safe boating materials and boating course information.

Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a Day Sail in 2011 aboard the Flagship Niagara, a sail boat charter, a one year Lakeshore Towing membership, a boat paddle, and others. All donations will be used to offset costs of holding this event again next year.

Featured Events By SEA

Tour law enforcement and safety vessels dockside; US Coast Guard, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Lakeshore Towing and others

Prepare for the boating season by having your boat inspected by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary either on land or dockside at Wolverine Park Marina

The Erie Safe Boating Task Force is a voluntary alliance of Federal, State, and local organizations with interest in boating safety on the waters of Pennsylvania.

Active in the Erie community for the last 20 years, this group is comprised of US Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Sea Grant, Hamot Medical Center, Lakeshore Towing, Commodore Perry Yacht Club, Erie county Drug and Alcohol Commission, Erie County Drug and Alcohol Council, Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies, Sail Erie Club, and the Flagship Niagra League.

For more information, contact Sherri Towell - Office 877-6035 or Cell 881-2425

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

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

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

Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Chance of rain 40 percent.

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 lower 80s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Monday...Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

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

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