WCO Report for Erie County 3/15/2006: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: March 14, 206

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on March 14, 206 at 21:35:26:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Area tribs as well as Presque Isle Bay and the Lake are ice free with fast flowing water from weekend rainfall and melting of the remaining snow. Although we are back into winter temperatures again, forecasts indicate that temperatures above freezing throughout the remainder of the week may fend off the ice. A significant number of fresh steelhead in the 15' to 20" range, or "jacks" as they are often called, have moved into the lower stretches of Elk and Walnut Creeks. Fresh steelhead in this size range put up a great fight on the end of a noodle or fly rod and can be better table fare than the larger older steelhead. These fresh fish are generally aggressive and will hit a variety of presentations depending on water clarity. Small presentations will work, especially single cured eggs and egg patter flies along with the micro jigs and live grubs. Suckers have begun to move into the tribs which is a good indicator that spring may actually be around the corner. A few boats were spotted this past weekend on Presque Isle bay targeting post ice crappie and pan fish.
According to WCO Jim Smolko, East Erie and Warren County, Anglers were having great success just before ice out at Lake Pleasant. This weeks great photos of Lake Pleasant fishing are courtesy of Jim and his wife.

Great Lakes Fishery Commission Meeting:
The Annual Lake Erie Committee meeting that will be part of the Great Lake Fisheries Commission Meeting will be held in Windsor, Canada on March 20th and 21st at the Hilton Windsor, 277 Riverside Drive West in Windsor, Ontario.

The Great Lakes Fisheries Act of 1956 authorized the appointment of advisors to the U.S. Section of the Commission "to examine and be heard on all proposed recommendations, programs, and activities relating to [the lake they represent]." The U.S. Section appoints advisors from each lake from a list provided by the Great Lakes state governors. Due consideration is given to interests of state agencies, the commercial fish industry, sport fishermen, and the public-at-large. Pennsylvania has 4 individuals from our area representing these sectors including the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission was established by the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries between Canada and the United States in 1955.

The Commission has two major responsibilities:
To develop coordinated programs of research on the Great Lakes, and, on the basis of the findings, to recommend measures which will permit the maximum sustained productivity of stocks of fish of common concern; and
To formulate and implement a program to eradicate or minimize sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes.
For more information on the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the up coming Lake Erie Committee meeting visit
Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition Forum Reminder, Don't Want to Miss This One:
The Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition will be presenting its second annual Sportsmen's Forum with presentations by both the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The exciting field of speakers includes Dr. Doug Austin, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Dr. Austin is scheduled to present the Youth Fishing License Program and discuss the Erie Access Improvement Program. Cal DuBrock, Wildlife Management Director for the PGC, will be discussing Deer Management and Roger Coup, Wildlife Management Supervisor, will be discussing new wildlife projects in 2006. The Executive Director of the PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will be discussing the Erie Bluffs State Park. The floor will be open to questions following the presentations as time permits. These event encompasses many of the hottest topics for all area sportsmen and those attending will likely see a standing room only event. The forum will be held Friday March 31st from 7:00 PM till 9:00PM at Northwestern High School, 200 Harthan Way, Albion, PA. just 2 blocks off Route 6N in

Erie Area Boating Safety Classes, A Few Openings Remain:
The April 10th and 11th class on its way to filling up and those interested are advised to get their names in soon. Only a few openings remain. Boating season is just around the corner and the winter months are a great time to take this course. The class scheduled for April 10th and 11th will be held at the Stull Interpretive Center (Nature Center) at Presque Isle State Park.
Area PFBC officers will be instructing this class. 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 and is a great cabin fever outing. 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. These classes typically fill up quickly and class size will be limited to 35 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.

Local Weather Wednesday Night Partly cloudy and breezy. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph.

Thursday Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

Thursday Night Snow showers likely. Lows in the lower 20s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

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

Friday Night Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 20.

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

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

Sunday Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s.

Sunday Night Partly cloudy. Lows around 20.

Monday Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.

Monday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.

Tuesday Partly cloudy. Highs around 40.

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