WCO Report for Erie County 09/29/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: September 28, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on September 28, 2010 at 20:53:10:

September 29th, 2010

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


The rain that anglers have been hoping for finally hit the Erie area.. The recent dry spell and the low conditions gave way to some much needed precipitation. The rain started late Monday night and has continued steady through late Tuesday. The tribs were overflowing their banks and raging hard and high. Steelhead migration has already reached well above route 20 and the rain and cool temperatures should really put the season into swing. A fair chance of additional rain is predicted with possible clearing towards the end of the week perhaps setting up good conditions for a spectacular weekend of steelhead fishing. . Anglers attempting to fish the tribs in these treacherous conditions are advised to stay on the banks. In the high fast flowing conditions we have had, the steelhead will often hug the shoreline in an attempt to avoid the fast moving water. In these conditions, it's a great time for live bait and bright easily visible baits. Minnows, skein, egg sacks, and the bright colored Powerbaits work great. Glow ball sizes 10 to 12 in orange, red, chartreuse, and even yellow can work in muddy water. Plenty of split shot will be needed to keep your bait on the bottom. 1/32 to 1/8 oz. marabou jigs in black, white, chartreuse, pink, and orange can trigger a strike and do not require as much added weight. Muddy conditions also will often allow the use of heavier line to land that big one. Anglers coming to the area this weekend should expect larger crowds especially if Lake conditions are good for boating. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 65 degrees. Current West County tributary conditions as of Tuesday after noon were high, raging, and very muddy.

A Few More 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 or even that "someone told me it was ok to...." 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. All of these regulations are covered in the Summary booklet.

Overnight camping this includes sleeping in ones vehicle or boat), building or maintaining open fires, swimming, and picking, cutting, or digging flowers, plants, shrubs and trees is prohibited. As we have mentioned in previous reports, overnight sleeping in a vehicle falls into this category.

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 :

(a) on 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.

Snowmobiles may be used on Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property that has been designated for such use by the executive director and is so posted. The operation of snowmobiles on frozen lakes, ponds and streams is prohibited. Parking areas on Commission-owned or Commission-controlled property shall not be used for general snowmobile operation.

Walnut Creek Access, Channel and Basin- Boats have the right of way over shore fishermen. Fishing from boats is prohibited in channel and basi.. Shore fishing is allowed in the basin ONLY at places and times designated.

Trespassing on Fish & Boat Commission property is prohibited where posted.

Tickets are Going Fast For "Big Run Raffle and Banquet:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their annual Big Run Banquet on Saturday October 2nd from noon to 600 PM at the Shades Beach picnic grounds off Route 5 in Northeast. O Tickets are now on sale for this event and what a deal it is. The ticket includes a scrumptious pig roast, hot dogs for the kids, all the sides and fixings, snacks, beer and soda. The picnic type event also includes a raffle, additional prizes, a Chinese auction, demonstration events and more!! Tickets may be purchased in person at most area bait shops. For more information go to www.pasteelhead.com The PA Steelhead Association works closely with the PFBC, Trout Unlimited and other area clubs to help promote good landowner relations and to promote public access.

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Friday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 50s.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Cool with lows in the mid 40s.

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Cool with lows in the lower 40s.

Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60.

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