WCO Report for Erie County 02/15/2006: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: February 14, 206

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on February 14, 206 at 20:02:15:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Conditions: The foot or so of snow that blanketed the area this past weekend has begun a gradual melting. Area tribs have been a little lower than most of the season and very clear as of late. The snow melt off should provide some needed color to help fine tune the generally good conditions. Fish remain scattered throughout the tribs keeping anglers on the move. The larger holes such as the Manchester and Legion park holes still hold a good number of fish but few if any fresh fish have been reported. This may change with the pending run off. The Walnut Creek basin has clogged with ice and slush and as of this writing was unfishable. Some Some shoreline skim ice had begun to form around Presque Isle but this may melt with the temperatures predicted in the 40s to 50s over the next few days.

Northwest Pennsylvania Region Annual Deputy Meeting:
This past weekend Deputy Waterways Conservation Officers from the Northwest Region met in Meadville for their annual meeting. This is an opportunity for area DWCOs to meet as a large group as part of their comprehensive and on going training through out the year. Agenda items included regulation updates, comprehensive training schedules for the year, outstanding service recognition and awards, refresher training as well as continuing education in police and law enforcement skills. Specific presentations included interrogation techniques, search and seizure, boat rescue techniques, and dealing with lightening on the water. Training for both DWCO's and WCO's is an ongoing process through out the year to keep officers on top of the latest law enforcement polices, tactics, and required annual certifications.

All Deputies are recertified annually in CPR and every two years in First Aid. Training throughout 2006 is scheduled to include tactical shooting skills development in addition to required sidearm qualifications. Refresher instruction also includes use of force techniques, self defense, and OC training. Regulation and law are also included as part of regular refresher training and is on going throughout the year. A number of Deputies were recognized for their many years of dedicated service.

A special honor was bestowed upon West Erie County's DWCO Duane English at this years meeting in recognition of 30 years of dedicated service to the Commission. Officer English is well respected among his fellow DWCOs and WCOs alike for his life long area experience, his dedication and commitment, and fair but firm approach to law enforcement.

Safe Boating Class Update: NOTE: This class only has a few openings left. A second class has been tentatively scheduled for March 10th and 11th to accommodate the overflow. Location for this class is being currently secured and will most likely be in the central Erie area. Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be conducting a safe boating class on Monday and Tuesday , March 6th and 7th at the Stull Interpretive Center (Nature Center) at Presque Isle State Park. 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. It is also a great activity for the boating family. Class times are from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each night

The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. 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. This class typically fills up quickly and class size will be limited to 40 people so early sign up is recommended. Upon successful completion of the course and the final exam , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired. To register for this class, email DWCO Randy Leighton at rglerie@msn.com with your name, address, phone, age, and number of people you would like to register if necessary you can phone 814-774-4672

West Erie County Stocking Schedule: Pre Season: April 13th 9:45 AM Upper Gravel Pit pond in Fairview April 14th 10:00 AM Meeting at the McKean exit off I-79 to stock Elk & Crooked Creek’s

In Season:

April 19th 9:30 AM Meeting at the McKean exit off I-79 to stock Upper Elk Creek

April 25th 9:30 AM **Meeting at the Fairview Cultural Station (Hatchery in Fairview) to stock Elk & Crooked


April 29th 9:45 AM **Meeting at the Fairview Cultural Station (Hatchery in Fairview) to stock Crooked Creek and

the upper gravel pit pond in Fairview

** Note the meeting place for these stockings has changed from traditional meeting place in McKean

Tom Ford, PFBC, Attends PA Steelhead Associtation Meeting:

Chief of Staff for Planning and Development, Tom Ford from the PFBC attended last weeks PA Steelhead Association meeting. A packed house listened intently and commented freely on issues regarding area funding, coop funding for development, land acquisition, and easement possibilities to address the ever precious fishing access in this area. Mr. Ford outlined various agendas that are in place and discussed a number of possibilities for the future expressing the need for a cooperative effort for success to help insure future public access. A significant number of issues and questions were raised and many ideas and opinions were exchanged with Mr. Ford having plenty of good information to take to Harrisburg regarding these important topics.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night

Rain likely. Lows in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.


Rain showers likely. Highs in the lower 50s. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy and breezy. A chance of rain showers in the evening...Then rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph.


Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Temperatures falling into the mid 20s.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Much colder with lows 10 to 15.


Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cooler with highs around 20.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cold with lows around 10 above.


Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Cold with lows around 10 above.

Presidents Day

Mostly cloudy. Not as cool with highs in the lower 30s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy in the evening...Then becoming mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow. Lows 15 to 20.


Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs in the lower 30s.

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