WCO Report for Erie County 12/08/2004: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: December 07, 2004

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on December 07, 2004 at 21:13:49:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Conditions:
A considerable amount of rain on Tuesday has brought the trib levels up. With some rain predicted for the remainder of the week, we may see good water levels over the next week or two. Lake conditions have been rough making shoreline fishing at the mouths difficult. There are still significant numbers of steelhead staged near the mouths of Trout and Godfrey Runs. Trout run is still loaded with fish which is a good indication that there are plenty of fish near shore. Good fishing should continue along the lake shore throughout the winter months wind and waves permitting. Good shoreline baits include skein, eggsacs, minnows, spinner baits and spoons.

Anglers are pulling fish out of the Walnut Creek Marina but patience is the key. Catch rates are sporadic

Steelhead are spread throughout the tribs and have reached all the upper areas including the Mckean Hole and areas behind the Millcreek Mall.

Current Lake Erie Water temperature as of this writing is 43 degrees. Current West County trib conditions as of this writing are stained and flowing.

Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The PA Steelhead Association will have its monthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at the Elk Creek Inn. This month's scheduled speaker is club Vice President Matt Hrycyk. Matt will be discussing successful drift fishing techniques for our area. Matt is a veteran spinn angler from the area knows all the tricks. The public is welcome.

2005 License Information and FAQs Affecting Erie Area Anglers:
1-Day Resident This license can be sold to Pennsylvania residents throughout the year and is valid anytime except for the month of April. This license can be sold during, but is not valid from, April 1 through April 30. The license is good for 1 calendar day, as designated by the license buyer at the time of purchase, and it expires at 12:00 a.m. midnight of that day. As needed, the 1-day resident license buyer is required to purchase the appropriate Lake Erie, trout-salmon, or combination trout-salmon/Lake Erie permits.

Lake Erie Permit This permit is to be affixed to a license at the designated location and must be purchased by anyone required to obtain a fishing license who wishes to fish on the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries. This is a new program that is designed to provide funding for new and improved fishing access to Lake Erie and its watersheds.

Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit This permit may be purchased in lieu of the traditional trout-salmon stamp and the new Lake Erie permit. The combo permit costs $2.00 less than buying the stamps individually. It should be affixed to the fishing license in the same manner and place as the traditional trout-salmon stamp.

When can I buy a resident lifetime license?
A Pennsylvania resident who turns 65 sometime during 2005 may purchase a Senior Lifetime license and appropriate
stamps and permits on or after January 1, 2005. The fee for a 2005 Senior Lifetime license is $50.00. A resident who turns
65 sometime during 2004 may purchase a Senior Lifetime license and appropriate stamps in December of 2004. The fee
for a 2004 Senior Lifetime license is $15.25.

Does an existing lifetime license holder need to buy a Lake Erie or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit to fish on the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries?
Yes, any Senior Lifetime license holder who purchased a license prior to January 1, 2005 must purchase a Lake Erie or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit to legally fish on the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries.

Does an existing lifetime license holder need to buy a Lake Erie or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit to fish on the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries if the license holder has a Lake Erie permit from the 1990s?
Yes, an existing lifetime license holder would need to buy a Lake Erie or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit to legally fish on the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries even if the license holder has a Lake Erie permit from the 1990s. The Lake Erie stamp program conducted during the mid 1990s was established to provide funding for the removal of gill net fishing operations from Lake Erie. The current program shares only its name with the earlier program. The new program is designed to provide funding for new and improved fishing access to Lake Erie and its watersheds.

Does an existing Disabled Veteran (DAV) lifetime license holder or a DAV annual resident license recipient need to obtain a Lake Erie Permit or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit?
Yes, a Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit will be provided to any existing DAV lifetime license holders and to all new DAV lifetime and DAV annual resident license holders. The Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit should be affixed to the license where indicated. For existing customers who have a Trout/Salmon Stamp,
the issuing agent or license holder should attempt to remove the existing stamp and replace it with the new Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit. If the license is laminated or damaged during the process, the license holder will be issued a replacement license.

Simple Method for Curing Skein at Home:
When removing roe from a fish keep away from water. A quick rinse is ok to remove blood but will require a drying process to remove the extra moisture. Never freeze eggs in water for later use. Always cure roe as soon as possible. Roe will keep in a refrigerator sealed in Ziploc bag for up to a week before curing, but it isrecommended that curing be done as soon as possible for better quality.

Place roe in the refrigerator in paper towels over night to drain
Unwrap and place on news paper in
Cover with borax (get into seams of skeins)
To have colored eggs mix in a small package of sugar free Jell-O (Optional step) or buy Procure instead of borax. Dry food coloring can be added to the dry powder to get desired shades.
Cut Into bait size pieces
Cover in borax
Spread out individual baits on newspaper
Let air dry until crust has appeared on one side
Flip over baits until the form crust on top side again
Place in container and cover with fresh borax
Label and date the container
Freeze or place in refrigerator up to two months
If frozen, a quick zap in the microwave can be used to thaw.
Hide them well in the fridge so the wife doesnt see them

Local Weather:
Wednesday night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
Thursday
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday night
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Lows around 40. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s.
Friday night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the evening. A chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Brisk with highs in the upper 30s.
Saturday night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
Sunday
Mostly cloudy and brisk. A chance of rain mixed with snow. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Sunday night
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Brisk with lows in the upper 20s.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s.
Monday night
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows near 20.
Tuesday
Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Brisk with highs in the lower 30s.




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