WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
"Perch Palooza" continues to be the storie with the Erie area featured in a number of national fishing publications and Erie perch reports published weekly in the Clevland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh newpapers. Area bait and tackle shops have been doing their best to keep up witht the high demand for ice and shiners. Many anglers from out of town have opted to bring there own minnows or to settle for fatheads. Typically the native emyrald shiners are the best bait to draw in your limit in the shortest time although alternative minnows are working also. The livlier the bait the better.
Bass and panfish are still biting well around Presque Isle and can make great fishing for the kids. A simple hook and bopper set up with crawlers, shiners, or when you can get them , crayfish can keep a child busy for hours at Presque Isle State Park.
Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 71 degrees
Congestions at the Walnut Creek Access:
Teach Your Kids to be S.M.A.R.T. Anglers: Smart is an acronym for Safety first, Manners are important, Appreciate clean water, Release some of your catch, and Teach others to be SMART anglers.
Boating Safety Tip(s) of the Week: Although not required safety equipment, consider the following list of additional items to help insure your safety on the water
Oars or paddles. They are helpful to get back to shore if the boat's engine fails. Anglers spending many hours miles off shore on Lake Erie will have a "kicker" motor added to the transom to supplement the main engine. Kickers are typically 4 to 10 HP and although primarily used for trolling, they can be a lifesaver in returning a boat to sure when the main engine fails.
Anchor and line. An appropriately sized anchor with good-quality nylon line is an essential piece of equipment for boaters. Typically, a Danforth style anchor works best on Lake Erie with a ratio of at least 7 times the length of line for the depth of water. All boaters on rivers with locks should carry a mooring line at least 75 feet long.
Bailing device. All boats should have on board some kind of bailer to remove water from the boat, even if you have an electric bilge pump
Marine radio. There is no substitute for a marine radio in an emergency. A marine radio is an excellent addition to boats with a console. Operators of smaller boats should consider portable units. The USCG monitors channel 16 on the marine band 24/7 on Lake Erie
Cell phone. A cell phone is an excellent way to call for help if the operator knows the emergency numbers for the area in which he or she is boating. Cell phones should not be the only source of communication on Lake Erie since we overlap with Canadian Towers.
Boating maps or charts and a GPS (Global Positioning Sensor) These items are useful for planning outings. They can help boaters avoid problems. Other useful items. Sunscreen, motion sickness medication, flashlight, visual distress signals (required on Lake Erie), compass, throw (rescue) bag, extra gas can, first aid kit, boat fenders, tool kit, spare spark plugs, propeller pins, spare propeller and extra light bulbs and fuses.