WCO Report for Erie County 08/03/2011: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: August 02, 2011

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on August 02, 2011 at 21:04:02:

August 3rd, 2011

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com

Hot and sticky weather seems have been a good catalyst for good perch action . Anglers have been doing very well with good schools of perch now off Walnut creek in 42 to 52 feet of water West to Trout Run and off the Point at Presque Isle. Just look for the large clusters of boats. Walleye action has been very good. Anglers using planer boards and keeping the lines away from the boat seem to be having the greatest success. August is typically the month for the hottest action for both perch and walleye. When trolling for eyes, try varying your depths in search of suspended fish. Good action has been seen in the first trench north and west of Walnut Creek in 55 to 62 feet of water with many catches being reported at depths of only 25 to 40 feet. Harnesses with live crawlers are still the most consistent baits. Current Lake Erie water temperature of Erie is 81 degrees.

Walnut Creek Advisory:
The Walnut Creek channel entering the Lake has filled in somewhat with depth down to three fee it some spots. Anglers are advise to trim up there engines when possible to avoid bottoming out. There is still some sizeable debris, large logs and broken tree limbs afloat, some of considerable size. This debris is likely left over from some of the spring rains that had the tribs raging. Keeping a sharp lookout at all times

Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will hold its first meeting of the season (a sure sign that Fall is just around the corner) on Wednesday August 10th at the American Legion on West 12th street (route 5 near the Airport) at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome.

Celebrate Erie, August 14th -16th:
Celebrate Erie (formally, We Love Erie Days) takes place August 18th - 21st. This is one of the largest summer event in the city and combines the Arts, Music, great food, and a wealth of Downtown events and activities. This year the event will take over State street from 4th street to 12th street. For more information go to Celebrate Erie 2011

PFBC Controlled Area Reminder:
Individuals are reminded that swimming is prohibited on Fish and Boat Commission property. With the recent hot weather, folks have been spotted swimming in the Walnut Project Water holes and along the lakeshore off the Walnut Creek Access Area parking lots. Although this may be tempting, it is a violation of regulations and can be dangerous due to hooks and other terminal tackle that may be strewn along the bottoms of these areas. Also, although tempting with the nice weather, boaters and anglers are reminded that over night camping, which includes sleeping in you car or boat, is prohibited at the Walnut Creek Access area as well as all PFBC controlled properties.

Law Enforcement:
Officers continue to find larger numbers of safety violations. This late in the season boaters should be well aware of the equipment needed for their particular vessel and the "rules of the road". The most common violations are lack of required PFDs as well as PFDs that are unserviceable. Badly torn PFDS, broken buckles and straps, and those with the stuffing coming out are all considered unserviceable. Regulations state that PFDs are to be "readily accessible". PFDs stowed in a cuddy cabin or storage hatch especially in the wrapper they came in are not considered readily accessible. Fire extinguishers must be on board any motorized boat with enclosed compartments that can accumulate fumes. Many checks this season have revealed discharged extinguishers. Regulations state that extinguishers must be fully charged. Day/night visual distress signals are required on boats over 16 feet on Lake Erie and must be serviceable. Flares or cartridges used with a gun are considered unserviceable if they have passed their expiration date. One of the most important regulations is that all children 12 and under must be wearing a PFD on boats 20 feet and under while underway and on canoes and kayaks. The PFD must be suitable in size for the child. Officers normally will have a zero tolerance police with regard to violations that affect the safety of children. For further information on equipment and regulations required for your particular boat, check the Pennsylvania Boaters Handbook Hard copies are available at most boat stores and the Walnut Creek Access Office.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly clear. Lows around 70. Northwest winds around 15 mph... Becoming northeast after midnight.

Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds around 15 mph...diminishing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear in the evening...then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph... Becoming east after midnight.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Sunday...Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.

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