July 20th, 2011|
West Erie County
DWCO Randy Leighton, firstname.lastname@example.org
The action continues on Lake Erie for both Walleye and Perch. The word is simply "they're everywhere". Limits after limits are being brought in along with many smiles. Trolling with dipseys is still the ticket for the average angler. Warm and humid conditions around the area have continued to bring up the Lake temperatures forcing the larger walleye to head for the deeper waters of the trenches. Anglers targeting the deeper waters of the lake are already picking up the occasional Steelhead or Lake Trout. It's hard to imagine that in only a month and a half or so we we should begin to see the steelhead staging at the mouths. Steelhead are being picked up in the deepest waters of the second trench at 78 to 80 feet. Current Lake Erie Water Temperature is 76 degrees off Erie with very hot and humid conditions predicted for the next week or so.
Discover Presque Isle:
Discover Presque Isle takes place , July 29th, 30th, and 31st. This three-day event celebrates Erie's most valuable public resource and introduces thousands of visitors to all that Presque Isle State Park has to offer. These include kayak demonstrations, rock wall climbing, nature tours, kite flying, pontoon boat rides, volleyball tournaments, duathlon (run, bike, run), a mile swim, arts and crafts shows, children's areas, giant beach bonfires, music and much more. A pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Rotary Pavillion (been there, done it, and it's great). Other food vendors will be on hand throughout the weekend as well. For more information go to Discover Presque Isle
Bowfins are widely distributed over the eastern half of North America. In Pennsylvania, they are found in Presque Isle Bay, on Lake Erie, and in a few other scattered locations in the Delaware, Ohio and Susquehanna River watersheds. Their preferred habitat is heavily vegetated lakes, sluggish rivers and swamps. Bowfins can tolerate very warm water. Their body functions become limited and their activity slows when it becomes too hot. To overcome these adverse conditions, the bowfin has a swim bladder that opens to the throat. The bowfin, like the gar, can go to the surface, stick its head out, and gulp air. Bowfin have also been called dogfish and mudfish.
As unique as they are these prehistoric throwbacks are relatively easy to identify. First, the long dorsal fin that gives the fish it's most common name. The dorsal has more than 45 rays and covers over half the length of the fish. The body is heavy and cylindrical, with a wide bony jaw. The catfish has a similar shape (although it is unrelated), but unlike the cat, the bowfin has scales. Coloration is dark on top, light on the bottom, in shades of mossy green to silvery green . The bowfin has sharp teeth, but they are not large. The bowfin has a tiny pair of barbels above the nostrils. Bowfin average 25" long and 5 or so pounds. They can top three feet and over 20 pounds. Juveniles and males typically have a dark spot on the full, rounded tail. This spot is lacking in adult females. Although Bowfin are primarily gill breathers, they do have a primitive lung and can breathe air. At times can be seen gulping air at the water's surface.
Boating Safety Tip of the Week:
All VDS must be USCG approved, have legible approval numbers, be in serviceable condition and be readily accessible. VDS are not acceptable if the expiration date has passed. Though only required on Lake Erie, VDS are practical safety items for all boaters to carry.
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Muggy. Lows in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday...Mostly sunny. Humid with highs in the lower 90s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Muggy. Lows in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 90s.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday...Partly sunny in the morning...then becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Monday...Mostly cloudy in the morning...then clearing. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Monday Night...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.