WCO Report for Erie County 08/10/2011: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 09, 2011

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on August 09, 2011 at 21:14:10:

August 10th, 2011

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


The last week or so has seen the Lake kicking up at times, but in general the fronts moving in have not produced any excessively severe weather. There is of course plenty of summer left for perching and walleye chasing. Last reports indicated good walleye catches off Godfrey Run (halfway between Trout Run and Elk Creek) in 34 to 40 feet of water but the major hot areas are in the depths of the first and second trenches northwest of Walnut Creek. Small dipseys 75 to 100 feet back or flat lining 150' back has been successful in shallower depths. Down riggers and long lines are working in the deeper depths. Stinger style spoons and worm harnesses in a variety of colors have been successful with most anglers sticking to purple, chartreuse, copper and watermelon as the reliable choices. Current Lake Erie water temperature off the Port of Erie is 82 degrees. The Erie Tribs are very low and very clear.
Perch fishing continues to thrive with schools holding in 50' off the light house, condos, and due north off Walnut Creek. Limits taken in relatively short periods of time have been very common. As we round the corner of the summer season anglers and boaters are advised to pay close attention to marine weather reports and official USCG severe weather announcements on marine band channel 16. Most boaters are aware that our weather patterns come from the west and are officially forecast by the NOAA weather service out of Cleveland. Forecasting weather in our area is in fact rocket science and one should never rely of hearsay or second hand information as a reliable source. As Summer blends into the early fall season, wind and wave conditions can change dramatically in a short time placing an inexperienced boater in jeopardy. If ever in doubt, head for shore.

Panatela Steam Boat: Three spirited gentlemen were observed earlier this week launching a peculiar craft at the Walnut Creek Access. The boat was a hand crafted model patterned after the Pantela Steam boats from the 1930's and 40's. This particular boat was built in 1989 and although, at first glance, the hull appears to be wood, it is actually aluminum with a beautiful handcrafted wood interior. The engine and boiler in the center of the hull were also built in 1989 and patterned after the original design. It was interesting to watch these gentlemen stoke the small boiler and build steam to where there was enough power to turn the large inboard style prop. A little on line research quickly revealed that these period steamboat reproductions have quite a following with plans available for many styles of these vintage gems

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) on Wednesday August 10th at the American Legion on West 12th street (route 5 near the Airport) at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome.

Celebrate Erie, August 14th -16th:
Celebrate Erie (formally, We Love Erie Days) takes place August 18th - 21st. This is one of 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. For more information go to Celebrate Erie 2011

Getting Ready for Steelhead Season:
There have been a number of unconfirmed reports of a few steelhead entering the tribs which is an indication of early staging off shore. Again these reports are unconfirmed. With a Lake temp of 82 degrees, and extremely warm trib temps, it is a bit early. However, for a number of die hards, this means fishing the wall at Walnut and the shorelines at Trout run during the cool night time hours in hopes of landing that first early season steelhead or brown. For the rest of us it means gearing up for the season. Cleaning and lubricating those reels and re-spooling with fresh line will pay off when the first real opportunity to hit the tribs arrives. Early season steelhead will usually mean clear conditions dictating light line and small presentations. An update of your fly box and jig collection can keep you busy on a rainy evening. Take a little time and go through the pockets of your favorite vest. You'll be surprised how many things you find that you thought were lost forever. Now is also a good time to check over the fly and noodle rods. Look for loose, bent, or broken eyes, especially at the rod tip. Be sure all hooks are sharp. Dull hooks are easily spit by a lively Steelhead. Waders should be checked for leaks and repaired, particular those that have been hanging in a hot garage all summer. With very little activity on the tribs now, it can be a great opportunity to walk the tribs where permitted and take advantage of the clear conditions to observe structure and changes in flow from last year. Anglers planning to fish the Wall at Walnut Creek are reminded that boaters entering and exiting the channel have the absolute right of way over angler lines. Now is also a good time brush up on all local regulations and be familiar with any areas you plan to fish. In another month or so final days of summer will be giving way to the start of another great Steelhead season.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Thursday...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming southwest after midnight.

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

Friday Night...Mostly clear in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.

Saturday...Partly sunny in the morning...then becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 70s.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 60s.

Monday...Partly sunny in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s.

Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s.

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