Fishing has been slow. Winter drawdowns of both Woodcock Lake and Canadohta Lake are occurring.
Reminder: All boats moored at PFBC access areas must be removed by December 1st.
All navigation buoys have been removed from the lake. Boaters should please use caution. The lake is starting to freeze up and has some slush ice around in pockets. Remember Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear has started and ALL people on boats less than 16ft and ALL canoes and kayaks MUST wear a life jacket.
The water levels are down for the winter so watch for shallow areas. Ice has started to form around the shoreline and it won’t be long before the rest of the lake freezes too. The mandatory cold weather life jacket wearing requirement is in effect until April 30, 2015.
When wave conditions permit, Steelhead shore anglers are doing well fishing off of the mouths of Walnut Creek, Trout Run, and Godfrey Run. Be sure to stay fifty yards away from the mouth of all these areas between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
Western Erie Tributaries
Steelhead stream anglers are having success on lower Walnut Creek when water conditions cooperate. Again, when water conditions cooperate, Upper Elk Creek is doing well. Stream conditions as of this writing are very low and clear.
Presque Isle Bay
Shore anglers are doing well on pan fish off the docks in Marina Lake. Angler success seems to be the best before sunrise. Shore anglers have also reported success with pan fish along the Bay Front.
Recent enforcement actions have resulted in a lot of prosecutions. The most common violations are snagging/foul hooking, litter, and over limit violations. Daily saturation patrols with both uniformed and plain cloths officers have continued to be very successful.
Streams are low and clear and the steelhead fishing has slowed. The forecast this week is for snow and temperatures in the low 30’s and upper 20’s. There is a warm-up forecasted by the weekend.
If you’re coming to Erie to fish for Steelhead make sure you have the required permits. A Trout/Salmon Stamp and a Lake Erie permit are required to catch and keep Steelhead Trout.
Stream Temperature 46°
Lake Erie Temperature 49°
Inland Lake Temperature 49°
North East Marina and Shades Beach Safe Harbor are closed for the season.
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reads +/- 4’-08” which is down about 0’-04” from the last report. The water temperature is 41° which is down 10° from the last reporting date. Fishing pressure has been steady. Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Northern Pike continue to hold the attention of local anglers. Baits of choice have been tubes, jigs, and molded facsimiles.
The USGS depth gage in Utica reads 3’-00” which is down about 1‘-04” since the last report. Due to wintery conditions, recreational boating traffic has essentially ceased on this waterway. Fishing pressure has been light, but for those out and about, bass and walleye hook-ups continue.
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reads +/- 2’-06”, which is down 0’-03” since the last report. Although angling activity has diminished throughout much of the stream, trout anglers may continue to experience activity. Given the current water temperatures, slow and deep may afford the best opportunity.
HYPOTHERMIA & 40 DEGREE WATER
If immersed in 32-40 degree water, the average adult will experience exhaustion and/or unconsciousness in 15-30 minutes. The expected survival times in these water temperatures range from ½ hour to 1½ hours. Life jackets can help you survive cold water immersion by allowing you to float while using minimal energy, as well as insulating your body from the cold water. A snug-fitting life jacket is better than a loose-fitting one and provides greater insulation.
MANDATORY PFD (LIFE-JACKET) WEAR EFFECTIVE AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Signs like the one shown here have been posted at numerous high traffic launches throughout the Commonwealth as visual reminders that, during the period of November 1st through April 30th, ALL BOATERS are required to wear a life jacket at all times while on watercraft less than 16’ in length or ANY canoe or kayak.
Watercraft operators should be aware that the ice control device spanning the Allegheny River upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge in Oil City is now in place. Boaters are urged to use caution when operating in this area. Recreational boats can use the provided navigation channel/slot located nearest the river right (northern) shore.
Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit. For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.