October 31st, 2007|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Last week's rainfall has was quickly absorbed and the area tributaries are again very low and clear. The short lived rainfall did allow some steelhead movement up as far a Route 5 on Walnut Creek and up as far as Route 20 on Elk Creek and to some extent on Crooked Creek. Steelhead are heavily backed up on the Walnut Creek Project waters and through out the channel and heavily scattered south to Route 5 on Elk Creek. Crowds at the access areas on Elk And Walnut have been extremely heavy. Rough lake conditions have slowed shoreline fishing at Trout and Godfrey Runs, but weather permitting, good catches can be had in those areas. Wind and waves have also slowed the boating down dramatically although weather permitting, there seems to be large numbers of steel head staging in the shallow water off the tributary mouths. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 56 degrees off the port of Erie Tributary conditions as of Tuesday afternoon were very low and crystal clear with very little flow.
The steelhead breeding stock is backed up heavily at the Trout Run Nursery waters where Route 98 ends at Lake Erie. With the opening of additional parking, this can be a great shallow water viewing area to take the youngsters for an up close and personal look at these great game fish. The Nursery waters at Trout Run are controlled by the PFBC and although fishing this area is not permitted, sightseers of all ages are welcome.
Girard Kids Play a Little Legal Hookie:
Students from Girard High School went on a school organized steelhead fishing outing at the Walnut Creek Access Area recently . There were 16 students from Mrs. Tolbert's Life Skills Class and Mrs. Andrew's Ecoloy Class. Poor Richards Bait and Tackle generously donated all the bait for the event. Steve Gdantez of the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association, made up two flies for every student to take home with them to start their tackle box assortment. Assistance was provided by volunteers from the Gem City Fly Tiers, the SONS of Lake Erie, the PA Steelhead Association, and the PA Fish & Boat Commission along with other anglers that just wanted to join in and help out. Although the fishing was a bit slow, a good time was had by everyone involved. Area businesses and volunteers are to be highly commended for donating and providing assistance to such worth while events.
With the large crowds, officers continue to find many violations. Snagging and foul hooking, over the limit, lack of Licenses and proper stamps, and litter have been the most prevalent. Litter continues to be a problem along the area tribs. Litter problems, particularly in and around the many residential areas severely jeopardizes future fishing access. Trash left on a landowner's yard is nothing but a quick ticket to posted land. Be sure to police your area when you leave, especially around your vehicle. Officers have little tolerance for litter problems and violators can expect maximum penalties.
Walnut Creek Basin Reminder: Boats and Docks will be removed from the Walnut Creek Access marina basin towards end of October and beginning of November, weather permitting. The Marina is tentatively scheduled to be open for fishing on the afternoon of November 8th. 2:00 PM is the targeted time. The annual opening of the marina has become quite popular and for many a tradition. This year with the low water levels we have experienced and fish backing up near the mouths, the marina may just be one of the hot spots for steelhead fishing. Fishing the marina is a great spot to take the kids and is handicap accessible with restrooms and snacks close by at the office. For those traveling long distances to fish the Marina, it would be wise to call the Walnut creek access office at 814-833-2464 to assure that the docks are out and the Marina will be open for fishing as tentatively scheduled
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers late. Breezy with lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
Thursday...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Much cooler with highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
Friday...Mostly sunny in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 40.
Saturday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows around 40.
Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 50s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows around 40.
Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.