WCO Report for Erie County 03/09/2005: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: March 09, 2005

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on March 09, 2005 at 10:38:07:

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

A variety of conditions this past weekend gave area anglers choices on hard or open water fishing. Many areas of the tribs were open although ice has begun to set in again. A number of fresh fish were pulled in the upper stretches of Elk Creek in and around the Legion Park area in Girard. The Manchester Hole is still holding a good number of fish although many are severely winter worn. Good catches are available on the ice close to shore at Trout Run. Salted minnows, single eggs, small white marabou jigs, and egg sacs have been good baits lately. Suckers have begun to invade the tribs in small numbers already.

Ice fishing season continues to be good to excellent with plenty of panfish being pulled from Presque Isle Bay. Abundant numbers of bluegills and many good size crappie have moved into the shallower West end of the bay. Minnows, grubs, and the small blade baits will bring them in for you.

Perch action is picking up on the ice with a number of anglers finding good schools of fish. Jumbo perch in the 10 to 13" range can be found in the center of the bay north of the Erie Yacht Club. 12 to 15 feet of water seems to be the right depth. Fishing minnows, grubs, small tube jigs or small plastic split tails on bottom are all good choices.

Ice thickness varies across the bay from 6 to 12 inches in some areas

Current Lake Erie water temperature is 32 degrees with considerable ice along the shoreline. West County tribs were running clear where open, although considerable ice is reforming as of this writing.

Safe Boating Classes Coming Up:
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be conducting a Safe Boating class on Monday and Wednesday, April 4th and 6th. Class will be held from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM each evening at the Stuhl Interpretive Center (Nature Center) on Presque Isle. This comprehensive 8 hour class is designed for the novice boater or boater to be, as well as the experienced boater who would like to refresh his knowledge. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. Class lecture, videos presentation and a compliment of visual aids help to keep the class interesting and informative. Successful completion of the course qualifies the individual for a Pennsylvania boating education safety certificate (card).

There is no charge for the course or materials, although registration is required. For more information and to reserve a spot in this hands on class, phone WCO Mark Kerr (814) 572-0078 or send an email (preferred) to wco015@yahoo.com. Please provide the name, address, date of birth and telephone number for each of your party wishing to attend. Upon successful completion of the exam, the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card.

The Safe Boating Course will also be offered on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11th and 12th at Gander Mountain at the Millcreek Mall.To reserve a spot in this class contact Gander Mountain customer service at the mall. Class size will be limited to 25 people so early sign up is recommended.

Local Weather:
Wednesday night
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 10 above. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Not as cold with highs around 30. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
Thursday Night
Cloudy. A chance of snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Snow likely. Highs around 30. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Friday Night and Saturday
Snow showers likely. Lows around 20. Highs around 30. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows around 20.
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs in the lower 30s.
Sunday night Mostly cloudy. Lows around 20.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain or snow. Highs in the mid 30s.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs near 40.

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