WCO Report for Erie County 10/27/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: October 27, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on October 27, 2010 at 17:06:30:

Beautiful Steelhead, Just Shy of 13 lbs.

October 27th, 2010

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


Steelhead season is in full swing now with good numbers of fish and anglers spread throughout the area tribs. The access areas at Elk and Walnut Creeks have been crowded and the angler pressure intense. Significant rain on Tuesday has again brought levels making the tribs flowing well. Spin anglers along the wall and the Project waters were doing well on the powerbaits, fresh skein, colored egg sacks and live shiners. Fly anglers were doing well on single egg patterns, small woolly buggers, and suckerspawn patterns in pink, white, cream peach, and red at times. A good number of fish in the 10 LB plus range have been brought in for weighing this year.
Anglers have been doing well in the upper stretches of the tribs around Whitman's bridge in Girard, the Struechan Flats area in Fairview and the areas on Elk Creek around Foleys End Campground.

Crooked Creek has been giving up fish with far less crowded conditions.

Anglers fishing the Lakeshore at Trout and Godfrey run at have been doing very well on calm days and evenings. Egg sacks, single eggs, and the egg imitation patterns have been popular in these areas.

Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 56 degrees. West County tributary conditions as of this writing were up and flowing well.

Walnut Creek Marina Basin to Open for Fishing:
Docks are scheduled to be removed from the Walnut Creek marina opening the basin to shore anglers. Fishing will be permitted at 12 Noon, Wednesday, November 3rd assuming that weather conditions do not impede dock removal. For more information, contact the Walnut Creek Access area office at 814-833-2464. The marina basin opening has become an annual tradition at the Walnut Creek Access with anglers often lined up around the perimeter eager to make that first cast. The basin is a great area for introducing the youngsters to steelhead fishing and is a good area for handicapped folks or those that just want to pull up a chairs and sink a line. A fair number of fish have been seen surfacing in the marina the last few weeks.

Trout Run:
The steelhead breeding stock is backed up heavily at the Trout Run Nursery waters where Route 98 ends at Lake Erie. With the opening of significant additional parking, this can be a great shallow water viewing area to take the youngsters for an up close and personal look at these great game fish. The Nursery waters at Trout Run are controlled by the PFBC and although fishing this area is not permitted, sightseers of all ages are welcome.

Boaters Reminded to Wear PFD's During the Cold Weather Boating Season: Harrisburg, PA- When sunny days and fall foliage tempt the boater in you, don't forget about your life jacket. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) strongly encourages boaters to wear their life jackets on Pennsylvania waters.

"According to Pennsylvania's boating accident reports, almost 80 percent of all boating fatalities happen to boaters not wearing a life jacket," reports PFBC Boating & Watercraft Safety Manager Ryan Walt. "During the cold weather months boaters are especially at risk due to the water temperature and the risk of sudden cold water immersion."

Sudden cold water immersion is one of the main reasons people drown during the cold weather months. When a person is unexpectedly plunged into cold water below 70F, the body's first response is usually an involuntary gasp. This is something no one can control and ruins the ability to swim because the person hyperventilates.

"There is a wealth of new research on cold water survival which states that wearing a life jacket significantly increases a person's chance of survival," Walt said.

Without a lifejacket, a victim may inhale while under water (involuntary gasp) and drown without coming back to the surface. This can only be prevented by wearing a life jacket at all times while on the water.

Life jackets are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles to fit every person and recreational opportunity. Inflatable life jackets fit easily over fall jackets and don't interfere with casting a fishing rod or reeling in a late-season lunker. Float coats provide extra protection from the wind and cold while providing the same buoyancy as a more traditional life vest. Inflatables and float coats are often available in camo patterns for fall hunting activities involving boats. Children's life jackets come in fun colors and designs with extra straps to ensure a secure fit.

"Remember, life jackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on a boat and there's no excuse not to wear it," added Walt.

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy and breezy. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

Thursday...Becoming cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers. Windy and cooler with highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

Thursday Night...Showers likely. Windy with lows around 40. West winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Friday...Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the morning. Breezy with highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

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

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows around 40.

Monday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 50s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows around 40.

Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s.

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