August 12th, 2009|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Walleye anglers are report increased catch rates in a number of areas. 25 to 35 feet of water between Trout and Godfrey Runs and along the first trench Northwest of Walnut Creek in 62-68' of water have both been been fairly productive. Deeper diving dipseys, reef runners, stinger spoons, and crawler harnesses in watermelon, blueberry muffin, chartreuse, and purple are all good choices.
Steelhead have begun to hit in the deeper waters of the second trench northwest of Walnut Creek and in 60 to 65' of water off the point at Presque Isle. Michigan Stinger spoons are a good choice.
Perch fish continues to thrive in 50 to 62' of water north and west of Walnut Creek with no end in sight.
There has been a lot of speculation as to when the first steelhead will be hitting the tribs. With the cool summer, excessive precipitation, and good water levels it's a good bet that the exploratory fall runs may be early this year. Night fishing along the North end of the Walnut creek channel may be worth a try over the next few weeks or so if the night time temperatures remain cool. Early runs often mean big Browns as well. There have been a few unconfirmed reports of steelhead surfacing near shore in the evening hours and at daybreak. Lake Erie water temperature off Erie is 74 degrees. The Lake temperature off Erie at the same time last year was 73 degrees.
*Fish and Boat Commission Schedules Land Owner Meeting in Erie*:
Landowners may be paid for granting a public fishing access easement through this Program. Information will be shared about how this program has been operating successfully in the Erie watershed for the past three years. Ample time will be available for questions. Representatives from the Lake Erie Region Conservancy will also be present to report on their efforts to improve fishing access and preserve open space in Erie County and to answer questions about future conservation easements.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by August 21st to Jackie Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-705-7845. If you are unable to attend, you can request a brochure from the PFBC that includes an introduction to public fishing access easements.
Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
Celebrate Erie, August 14th -16th:
The Marine Radio Revisited:
Channel 16 - DISTRESS SAFETY AND CALLING - To get the attention of another station (calling) or in emergencies (distress and safety).
Channel 6 - INTERSHIP SAFETY - For ship-to-ship safety messages and for search and rescue messages and ships and aircraft of the Coast Guard.
Channels 96, 68, 69, 71, 72, 78, 794, 804, 677 - NONCOMMERCIAL - Messages must be about the needs of the ship. Usually, messages concern fishing reports, rendezvous information, and repair and berthing information. (Use Channels 67 and 72 only for ship-to-ship messages.)
Channels 13 and 67 - NAVIGATIONAL - (Also known as the bridge-to-bridge channel.) Messages must be about navigation with other ships. Messages must be short. Power output must not be more than 1 watt. This is also the main working channel at most locks and drawbridges.
Wednesday Night...Clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.
Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming southeast after midnight.
Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.
Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s.
Saturday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.
Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s.
Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.
Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.
Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.
Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.