July 29th, 2009|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
The cool summer that the Erie area is experiencing continues with daily temperatures generally in the low to mid 70's. Tuesday finally saw summer like temperatures in the mid to high 80's. Combined with significant rainfall over the period, we have certainly seen a change in the fishing patterns. Perch fishing thrives as always with little to no change in the spectacular catches we have enjoyed over the last few years. 52' due north of Walnut and off the Point are as hot as it gets, wind and waves permitting. Walleye fishing has been a challenge with the average angler struggling to bring in a limit and difficulty finding fish. Anglers are still keeping shallow for the most part, but catch rates due in fact seem to be down. Bear in mind, that walleye are being caught by the persitent and patien anglers and even a few hawg walleye taken from Lake Erie are the envy of the rest of the country. Bass fishing remains fair to good in Presque Isle bay and along the lake shore. Current Lake Erie water temperature remains at 72 degrees.
Getting Ready for Steelhead Season, Why Not:
No, they are not here yet, however it's not too early to spend a rainy day (certainly plenty of those) checking your gear. Cleaning and lubricating those reels and re-spooling with fresh line will pay off when the first opportunity to hit the tribs arrives. Early season steelhead will usually mean clear conditions dictating light line and small presentations. An update of your fly box and jig collection can keep you busy on a rainy evening. Take a little time and go through the pockets of your favorite vest. You'll be surprised how many things you find that you thought were lost forever. Now is also a good time to check over the fly and noodle rods. Look for loose, bent, or broken eyes, especially at the rod tip. Be sure all hooks are sharp. Dull hooks are easily spit by a lively Steelhead. Waders should be checked for leaks and repaired, particular those that have been hanging in a hot garage all summer. With very little activity on the tribs now, it can be a great opportunity to walk the tribs where permitted and take advantage of the clear conditions to observe structure and changes in flow from last year, and there are plenty. Now is also a good time brush up on local regulations and be familiar with any areas you plan to fish. It won't be but a month or two before the final days of summer will be giving way to the start of another great Steelhead season.
So You Think You Can Catch
Perch: The 6th annual Northeast Marina perch tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 1st and 2nd for more information, rules and an entry form go to Northeast Marina Annual Perch Tournment
Boater's Safety Tip of the Week:
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. Northwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds around 5 mph.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then clearing. Lows in the lower 60s.
Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.
Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.
Sunday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Monday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.
Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.