WCO Report and Photo for Erie County 08/11/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 10, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on August 10, 2010 at 21:43:44:

Awesome Walleye for this Young Man

August 11th, 2010


Hot, sticky weather has surrounded the Erie are with more of the same over the next week. Although the weather has been good, the heat and humidity often give way to unstable fronts and patterns moving through the area have kicked up Lake conditions from time to time.

As is typical this late in the summer season, a dozen people will give you a dozen different reports. Anglers are still having the most success for walleye and steelhead in the colder, deeper waters of the lake which in many cases may often be too far off shore for some of the smaller watercraft. Boats fishing north of the point off Presque Isle nearly to the Canadian line and West have been doing well.

Perch fishing is sporadic with schools on the move and anglers still having to move often to bring in their limits. As of this writing the most productive perch fishing has been in 55 to 60 feet of waters off the Presque Isle condos and the point. The exceptionally warm Lake temperatures this year seem to have fish on the move in search of colder more oxygen enriched waters. A few anglers have been spotted fishing the wall at Walnut Creek at night in search of that first tributary steelhead but it's early. The tribs are still very low and there hasn't been any evidence of early staging at the mouths. Current Lake Erie water temperatures off Toledo are 75 degrees, off Cleveland, 76 degrees, and off Erie, 77 degrees.

Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will hold its first meeting of the season (a sure sign that Fall is just around the corner) tonight, Wednesday August 11th at the American Legion on West 12th street (route 5 just east of the Tom Ridge Field) at 7:00 PM.

Celebrate Erie 2010:
If you are in the area and are looking for alternative entertainment to perhaps rough lake conditions or weather. Join us when Downtown Erie will come alive August, 19-22, 2010 as wonderful sights, sounds and smells take over State Street from 4th to 12th Streets.

This is the largest summer event in the city and combines the Arts, Music, great food, and a wealth of Downtown events and activities. This year the event will take over State street from 4th street to 12th street. The gala fireworks display over Presque Isle Bay takes place Sunday Night at 9:30 PM. The view of hundreds of boats dotting the Bay combined with the largest fireworks display in the area is breath taking. A marked safety perimeter around Dobbins Landing will be maintained by area law enforcement during the fireworks display. Boater cooperation will be appreciated. For more information on this great weekend and for a weekend schedule go to Celebrate Erie 2010
With a two-block 'Kid's Zone' as well as access to a wide array of arts, crafts, culinary and cultural offerings, this year's event will be one of the best ever
On Sunday night at 9:30, Erie Insurance and Zambelli Fireworks Internationale will host one of its world-famous fireworks displays over the Bayfront at Dobbins Landing

Boaters Safety Tip of the Week:
It is unlawful to operate a motorboat not equipped with railings or other safeguards at greater than slow no-wake while a person is riding on the bow decking, gunwales, transom or motor cover.

Consider Optional Safety Gear: Although every boater should be aware of the required safety equipment for their vessel, a number of additional on board items can serve well in an emergency situation. Consider adding some or all of the following to your list of safety equipment:

Oars or paddles.
They are helpful to get back to shore if the boat's engine fails.

Anchor and line.
An appropriately sized anchor with good-quality nylon line is an essential piece of equipment for boaters. All boaters on rivers with locks should carry a mooring line at least 75 feet long.

Bailing device.
All boats should have on board some kind of bailer to remove water from the boat. This doesn't necessarily mean carrying an extra bucket. Your bait bucket will work well as will a small cooler

Marine radio.
There is no substitute for a marine radio in an emergency. A marine radio is an excellent addition to boats with a console. Operators of smaller boats should consider portable units.

Cell phone.
A cell phone is an excellent way to call for help if the operator knows the emergency numbers for the area in which he or she is boating. On Lake Erie a cell phone should be an additional means of communication to the marine radio. When off shore on Lake Erie, it is not unusual to pick up a Canadian tower which will be of little use in an emergency not to mention being an expensive call.

Boating maps or charts. These items are useful for planning outings. They can help boaters avoid problems and familiarize the operator with local waters.

Satellite guidance systems are now affordable to the average boater, especially the portable ones. Not only can they "bring you home" they can save fuel by displaying the most direct route back to shore.

Other useful items.
Sunscreen, bug spray or protectant, flashlight, visual distress signals (required on Lake Erie), compass, throw (rescue) bag, extra gas can, first aid kit, boat fenders, tool kit, spare spark plugs, propeller pins, spare propeller and extra light bulbs and fuses.

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds around 5 mph...becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. East winds around 5 mph... Becoming south after midnight.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s.

Saturday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 80.

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

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 80.

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