August 26th, 2009|
DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Conditions: Weather conditions permitting perch action remains hot in 50 to 55' of water North of Walnut Creek and off the Point. Walleye catches are heating up. Walleye are being picked up in the deeper waters of the first and second trench Northwest of Walnut Creek. You should be able to mark fish in 65 to 75' of water. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Erie is 74 degrees
Boaters taking advantage of the late summer boating season are reminded to check wind and wave reports frequently and be sure that all required safety equipment is in order. With unstable late season weather conditions, proper safety equipment is more important than ever. Assure that required PFDs are not only on board, but that they are "readily accessible" to all occupants as required by regulation.
PFD's must be worn by all children 12 years and younger on all boats 20 feet and less in length, while under way, and on all canoes and kayaks. All others are strongly encouraged to wear a PFD.
Fire extinguishers should be mounted within arm's reach of the operator and visual distress signals should be in an easily accessible location. A few double checks and extra late season precautions may save your life.
Some steelhead are being picked up off shore and evidence of "staging" is apparent in 40 to 50 feet of water. There have been a few unconfirmed reports of steelhead being caught off the wall at Walnut Creek and a few Browns caught along the shoreline at Trout Run. Air and water temperatures are a too warm at this time so support any real activity. How ever, with a few cool nights and a little rain (that shouldn't be a problem this year) it won't be long. A few ambitious anglers were spotted early Sunday morning taking a crack at the Manchester hole and a few hardy soles had spent the night fishing the channel wall at Walnut...no success.
Getting Emergency Help on the Water On the Water:
A minor problem can rapidly develop into a situation beyond your control. For this reason, let someone know even when you are experiencing relatively minor difficulties, before your situation turns into an emergency. The Coast Guard serves as Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinator for all maritime emergencies and is the appropriate point of contact whenever you are concerned for your safety. If you are in distress (distress is defined as a situation where you or your boat are threatened by grave or imminent danger requiring assistance), the Coast Guard will take immediate steps to help you. Normally, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue boats and/or aircraft will be sent, but assistance from any available source will be arranged to expedite your rescue.
How To Signal For Help
If you are in distress use "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY" on channel 16 on the marine radio. If your situation is not a distress, simply call "Coast Guard." Channel 16 VHF/FM and 2182khz HF/SSB are dedicated distress and calling frequencies and are monitored at all times. Citizen's Band (CB) is not dependable and is not monitored at most Coast Guard stations. If you do not have a radio, attempt to signal a fellow boater who can assist or call the Coast Guard for you. On Lake Erie, a marine radio will typically provide quicker response and have a better signal than a cell phone. In a distress situation, use flares or any other distress signaling device to catch the attention of another boater.
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday...Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s.
Sunday...Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 70. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s.
Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 60s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 70.