WCO Report for Erie County 09/01/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 31, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on August 31, 2010 at 21:58:18:

September 1st, 2010

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com


Hot, humid and more like Florida would describe the Erie area weather as of late with temps pushin 90 degrees. Boaters are picking up steelhead along with good catches of walleye in 75 to 100' of water in the second trench Northwest of Walnut Creek. Evidence of early staging continues off the trib mouths however, with recent warm weather conditions we have actually had a slight rise in water temperature which may delay the early runs. A few early morning anglers have been spotted trying their luck along the shore at Trout Run with limited success. A few reports have come in that there has been some success at the mouth of Elk Creek although confirmed catches have been few In short, we're not there yet and we are still in for relatively warm weather over the next week with some cooler relief by the weekend
Perch fishing is still good in 50 to 62 feet of water North and West of Walnut Creek and off the point.

The current Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 73 degrees, off Cleveland, 74 degrees and off Erie 74 degrees. West County Tribs are extremely low and clear as of this writing.

Trout Creel Limits for Lake Erie Change September 7th
Effective September 7th and running through April 14th, 2010, the daily creel limit for trout and salmon on Lake Erie and the tribs as well as Presque Isle Bay and Peninsula waters changes to three fish per day with a minimum length of 15" only two of which can be lake trout.

Labor Day Weekend:
The Labor Day Weekend traditionally begins the wind down of boating season in our area, although September and even October often offer many beautiful weekends. It does seem that Labor Day always seems to bring a brisk chill to the night air and with it the start of steelhead season. With calm wind and wave conditions, this Holiday weekend can be one of the busiest of the season. Be sure your boat has all the required safety equipment, be aware of the possibility of rapid weather changes and fast moving storm fronts and remember that boating and alcohol can be a dangerous combination. Have a safe Holiday weekend and remember that your PFD doesn't work unless you are wearing it.

Boating Safety Tip of the Week:
Inspect fuel tanks annually. Pay particular attention to bottom surfaces which may have been in contact with bilge water. Also check to see if any part of the tank could have rusted or been damaged due to rubbing and abrasion. Permanently installed fuel tanks and closed compartments that contain engine or fuel tanks must be vented to the outside.

More Information on Getting Emergency Help on the
Water On the Water:

A minor problem can rapidly develop into a situation beyond your control. For this reason, let someone know even when you are experiencing relatively minor difficulties, before your situation turns into an emergency. The Coast Guard serves as Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinator for all maritime emergencies and is the appropriate point of contact whenever you are concerned for your safety. If you are in distress (distress is defined as a situation where you or your boat are threatened by grave or imminent danger requiring assistance), the Coast Guard will take immediate steps to help you. Normally, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue boats and/or aircraft will be sent, but assistance from any available source will be arranged to expedite your rescue.

How To Signal For Help
If you are in distress use "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY" on channel 16 on the marine radio. If your situation is not a distress, simply call "Coast Guard." Channel 16 VHF/FM and 2182khz HF/SSB are dedicated distress and calling frequencies and are monitored at all times. Citizen's Band (CB) is not dependable and is not monitored at most Coast Guard stations. If you do not have a radio, attempt to signal a fellow boater who can assist or call the Coast Guard for you. On Lake Erie, a marine radio will typically provide quicker response and have a better signal than a cell phone. In a distress situation, use flares or any other distress signaling device to catch the attention of another boater.

What To Tell The Coast Guard
While arranging help, you will be asked for the following:
Your location or position.
Exact nature of the problem (special problems).
Number of people on board.
Your boat's name, registration and description.
Safety equipment on board.
You also will typically be told to have all persons on board put on their PFD's
Listen and follow the instructions given.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Mostly sunny in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Hot with highs in the lower 90s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers. Lows around 60.

Saturday...Variable cloudiness with a 30 percent chance of showers. Not as warm with highs in the upper 60s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 70.

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

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

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