WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
Well, everyone's been asking for it and boy did we get it. The rain started off and on this past weekend and by Tuesday afternoon the Erie Lake shore was experiencing gale force winds, 8 to 10 foot waves and rain, rain, rain. The tribs were overflowing their banks and raging hard and high. More rain is predicted with possible clearing towards the end of the week possibly setting the stage for a spectacular weekend of steelhead fishing. The Walnut Creek Project waters diversion project has been holding up well and a few anglers were spotted Tuesday afternoon fishing the Manchester Hole even in near flood conditions. Anglers attempting to fish the tribs in these treacherous conditions are advised to stay on the banks. In the high fast flowing conditions we have had, the steelhead will often hug the shoreline in an attempt to avoid the fast moving water. In these conditions, it's a great time for live bait and bright easily visible baits. Minnows, skein, egg sacks, and the bright colored Powerbaits work great. Glow ball sizes 10 to 12 in orange, red, chartreuse, and even yellow can work in muddy water. Plenty of split shot will be needed to keep your bait on the bottom. 1/32 to 1/8 oz. marabou jigs in black, white, chartreuse, pink, and orange can trigger a strike and do not require as much added weight. Muddy conditions also will often allow the use of heavier line to land that big one.
Walnut Creek Basin Opening:
The docks at the Walnut Creek Marina are scheduled to be removed by Wednesday November 2nd weather conditions permitting.. The basin is scheduled to be open to fishing at 4:00 PM on that day. The basin can be a great place to fish for steelhead. It is handicapped accessible and is a good place to set up the lounge chair for a more relaxed fishing experience.
1 Over the limit.
3 Nursery water violations.
1 Fishing without a license.
1 Possession without the required Trout Stamp.
1 Lake Erie permit violation.
2 Borrow/Lending license.
2 Various nursery water violations.
2 Criminal arrest relating to conspiracy and disorderly conduct.
Nearly 80 warnings were issued for various other offenses including but not limited to camping on PFBC property, Traffic signals, misuse of property, Lack of a Lake Erie Stamp…etc.
Local Weather: Wednesday Night Cloudy with a chance of rain. Rain could mix with snow after midnight away from the lake. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Thursday Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy. A chance of rain. Lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Friday Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s.
Friday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.
Saturday Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.
Sunday Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.
Sunday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
Monday Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.
Monday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.
Tuesday Partly cloudy in the morning...Then becoming mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.