WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert:|
With nice weather finally surrounding the Erie area, anglers are hitting the lake and have had fair to good success. Perch are being caught in 35 to 45 feet of water North of General Electric and off the point on the East side of Erie. On the West side try 35' of water just East of Trout Run. Perch rigs, available at all the local bait shops, fished on the bottom and trimmed with emerald shiners are always the favorite.
Bass action has been good to excellent in Presque Isle Bay and in 25 to 30 feet of water East of the Bay along the Lake Erie shoreline. Trolling can be a good way to locate bass when fishing the lake. Once found, jigging tube baits usually works well. Three to four inch tubes, especially salted ones in black, chartreuse, pumpkin seed, and brown colors are good choices
Walleye action has been sporadic at best, but it's still early. Deep water anglers have found some steelhead and lake trout action.
Current Lake Erie Water temperature as of this writing is 44 degrees.
Walnut Creek Access "Notice":
Weather permitting, the access road into the parking lot at the Walnut Creek Access Area is scheduled to be closed to vehicle traffic on May 16th, 17th, and 18th for repaving. Anglers and boaters will be unable to access the parking lot by vehicle during the road resurfacing. Construction is expected to be quick with a minimum of disruption. For further information and updates during the construction period you can call the Walnut Creek Access office at 814-833-2464
If You Can Read This Thank a Teacher, If You can Read This in English Thank a Veteran:
A number or our countries finest were treated to a great day of fishing this past weekend in the annual area Veterans Derby sponsored by 3CU and the Gem City Fly Tiers. A good number of fish were caught and a great time was had by all. WCO Tolbert, a Marine Corp Veteran himself, was on hand to assist and answer questions. A well deserved thanks goes out to the local clubs sponsoring this event and of course a special thanks to our local veterans as well.
Kids Fishing Palooza, The Annual Elk Valley Sportsmens Club Kids Derby:
The annual kids Derby sponsored by the Elk Valley Sportsmens Club was an exceptional success this year with youngsters crowding in elbow to elbow at the Girard Boro Kids pond, a sight rivaled only by Steelhead season in October or the opening day of Trout season. This annual event is a crowd pleaser for the young and priceless entertainment for the parents. Additional stocked fish were provided by 3CU to liven up the action and keep the kids busy. Officer Tolbert was on hand to assist and take a scrapbook of great pictures. (Watch for yours over the next few weeks)
Boating Safety Tip of the Week:
In Pennsylvania, all children 12 years of age or younger are required to wear a life jacket when underway on a boat that is 20 feet in length or less and all canoes and kayaks. Besides being a statewide regulation, ensuring that youngsters are wearing a properly fitting life jacket simpley common sense.
Becoming mostly cloudy. Thunderstorms likely before midnight. Lows around 50. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Mostly cloudy in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy. Cooler with highs around 60. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.
Partly cloudy. Lows around 40. East winds 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 70.
Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Not as cool with lows in the mid 50s.
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 70.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s.
Sunday Night and Monday
Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the mid 60s.
Monday Night and Tuesday
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the mid 60s