WESTERN ERIE COUNTY / WCO John Bowser & DWCO Randy Leighton|
WALNUT CREEK ACCESS RULES & NEWS...
The restrooms in the information Center are currently closed due to a sewer line problem. They should be functional again by early next week. The contractor for the portable toilets has been contacted to perform additional pump outs to accommodate the heavier use.
The recent high water has deposited debris at the exit from the boat basin and the end of the East Jetty near the creek mouth. Boaters should trim up the outdrives as much as possible and exercise caution exiting straight out into the lake.
Patrols have noted that very few boaters (approx. 20%) are sounding their horns to alert wall anglers of their approach. Horns should be sounded in adequate time to permit anglers to retrieve their lines. While not a legal requirement it is one of common courtesy. This still does not excuse anglers permitting their lines to interfere with boat traffic which carries a $50.00 fine per violation. Wall anglers should, if fishing the North Jetty, pay extra attention to the boating traffic.
Overnight camping is prohibited at Walnut Creek. The erecting or detaching of popup campers from vehicles is forbidden as well as the erection of awnings or placement of tables, & chairs around a motor home parked in the lot.
The stop sign at the entrance to Walnut Access is still being ignored by many people despite publicized warnings in the media. Strict enforcement will continue in an effort to avert a car/pedestrian accident.
High water can be dangerous to those wading in it. I realize the level of excitement that these fish can create in anglers but please be safe.
The parking area west of the information center on the lake front is restricted to slipholders of the marina and vehicles with handicap placards. Other vehicles without a slipholder pass are subject to a fine.
The use of profanity along the wall is a violation of the "Disorderly Conduct" section of the Crimes Code and will be addressed with enforcement action. Fishing is a family sport and inappropriate behavior WILL NOT be tolerated.
Boaters should be wary of floating logs in the lake from the recent rain storms. Many logs & trees were observed rushing down the tribs toward the lake by officers out on patrol.
Perch continue with record catches. Boaters hitting the school due North of Walnut had 3 anglers limiting out in 90 minutes.
CENTRAL ERIE COUNTY / WCO Tom Edwards
EASTERN-ERIE/WESTERN-WARREN / WCO Mark Kerr
TWENTYMILE CREEK PROJECT UPDATE:
In an effort to divert parking from along the State Route 5 roadway, a parking area is to be constructed, by PF&BC personnel, immediately to the north of SR5, on that western property already acquired. Gates will be installed at the North end of the parking area, thereby prohibiting vehicular traffic from access to the lakeshore area; however, this area will still be available for walk-in recreational use.
NOTE: Section 2501, of the Fish & Boat Code, prohibits the use of property in a manner not in conformity with landowner permission (e.g.: driving on lands without permission, blocking egress/regress/ingress, open fires, destruction of property, etc.). Users of the property shall take notice of those posted regulations, both now and future, so as to avoid violations in this area.
Efforts to maintain a free-flowing and unobstructed mouth, along Twentymile, are presently being undertaken by North East Township personnel. This practice was utilized in the past by individual landowners’, primarily to avert residential flooding during the spring, as a result of ice buildup in that area. North East Township supervisors are, presently, in consultation with DEP, PF&BC, Erie County Health Department and Erie County Soil Conservation District personnel regarding regulated environmental practices necessary for the completion of this endeavor.
EAST ERIE LAKE UPDATE:
Walleye—Due north of North East Marina in 85’ through 105’ of water
Smallmouth Bass—Along the entire eastern lakeshore in 25’ through 40’ of water
Conneaut Lake-The white bass are feeding in schools and guys are having really good luck targeting them. I heard from one fisherman this week that if you watch the gulls and see were they are diving for the bait fish that is where you want to be. Just cast under them with something shiny that resembles a minnow and you will have luck. Perch, Crappie and Bluegills are also going crazy right now with several of the fishermen that I checked over the weekend telling me they could only stay out for about an hour before they limited out.
Pymatuning Waterfowl Expo is coming the 28th and 29th of this month, if you are looking for something to do with the family you should consider this, there will be retriever demonstrations, open houses at the wildlife learning center and our hatchery, and all kinds of hunting exhibits at Linesville high school. A very good time will be had by all.
Finally I apologize for not being able to get into my E-mail last week to do a report and I was extremely shocked by the number of people that stopped me, or sent E-mails over the last week and mentioned they missed my report. I was really glad to see that this is being read by so many people,