November 5th, 2008|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
The rain from last week brought the West County Tribs up enough put the steelhead on the move again. A good number of fish moved in and up stream as far south as the Mckean Hole on Elk Creek and the Millcreek Mall on Walnut Creek. Fishing was good to excellent through this past week end as the tribs lowered. The tribs have now dropped to the lower levels we saw before the rain with fish holding in the deeper pools and pockets. This past weekend saw anglers frequently catching their limits through out the tribs and conditions as crowded as it can get. The Walnut Creek Marina basin is now open for fishing and anglers have been doing very well there, especially at night. Current trib conditions as of this writing are low and clear with some flow. Lake Erie water temperature off the Port of Erie is 55 degrees.
From the Department of Environmental Protection Regarding Walnut Creek:
The Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting this week to discuss a restoration plan for the Walnut Creek watershed, which is impaired due to increased commercial and residential development.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road, Erie, and will provide information about the tools and resources that are available to businesses, industry and the public to protect and restore the watershed. All are welcome to attend.
The Walnut Creek watershed includes parts of Millcreek, Fairview, Summit, McKean and Greene townships. "Walnut Creek runs through the heart of northern Erie County," said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. "We must work together to protect this vital watershed that supports a renowned steelhead fishery, contributes to the nation's biggest freshwater resource for drinking water, and provides habitat for threatened and endangered plant and animal species." The department performed a comprehensive assessment in 2006 to determine the environmental conditions of Walnut Creek. Among other items, the study identified impairments to aquatic life, habitat alterations due to soil being washed into the creek, and stream flow variability caused by land development, urban storm water runoff and storm sewers. In response, the department developed a watershed protection and restoration plan that focuses on steps to reclaim the impaired creek.
A copy of the plan is available for review at the regional office, or the plan can be viewed by accessing the "Community Involvement" link at the DEP Northwest Regional website: http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/northwestregion/site/default.asp
For more information on watershed protection, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us
Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 50. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday...Partly sunny. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Friday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s.
Saturday...Showers likely. Much cooler with highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Saturday Night...Rain and snow showers likely. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Sunday...Rain showers likely. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Lows in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Monday...Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s.
Veterans Day...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s.