WCO Report for Erie County 11/19/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: November 19, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on November 19, 2008 at 10:58:08:

November 19th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


A heavy wet snow storm this past Sunday left a half a foot of of the white stuff along the Erie Lake shore area and up to 20 plus inches in some areas of Erie County. Daytime temperatures just above the freezing mark are making for a very slow melt down helping to keep the tribs at higher but very fishable levels. Even throughout the storm on Sunday, a good number of anglers were out giving it their all. Waves on Lake Erie were hitting 14 to 16 feet at times. Although more snow is expected in the forecast, a gradual accumulation tends to deepen the tribs and add that nice green dark color to the water. These conditions can often be the best of the season. Anglers have been doing very well at the Walnut Creek Marina basin, often fishing through out the night. The Lake Shore at Trout Run has been productive when the Lake is calm. Fish are now scattered well throughout the tribs allowing anglers to spread out and enjoy all the area has to offer.

The Circle of Life:
Local anglers fishing the Lakeshore at Trout Run and many observers were treated to a display of "Legal fish netting" last week. Area PFBC employees were harvesting female fish in the State Nursery Waters at Trout Run for their eggs. An abundant supply of males had already been collected. The action was fast and furious as the fish were scooped. Great care is taken to assure minimal shock to the fish. The fish are taken to the Fairview Hatchery where they are fertilized and hatched. The breed fish are then returned unharmed to the area tribs as part of the "Circle of Life" of the Erie Steelhead program. For more information on the steelhead stocking program go to The Fairview State Fish Hatchery

Holiday Shopping:
With the official start of the Holiday shopping season just around the corner, consider all that the PFBC has to offer to supplement your gift list. Fishing licenses make great gifts for the young angler who has turned 16 as will a lifetime license for the retired angler. Licenses can also be the incentive needed to get that spouse out on the water (If so desired). The PFBC also has an extensive list of publications and gift items available for purchase on line at our Outdoor Shop . Many of our publications, posters, and booklets are available at the Walnut Creek Access office as well.

Hunting Season:
With hunting season upon us and deer season right around the corner, anglers are reminded that wearing some type of bright clothing especially in the remote areas of the tribs will help keep you out of hunters sights. There is no special rule or regulation on this but a little blaze orange makes good sense in any wooded area this time of year. Many of the upper areas of Elk Crooked Creeks run through prime hunting areas.

Helping to Get Things Done:
This season as in past years, additional PFBC officers from around the state have been giving valuable time and considerable effort to come to Erie to assist local officers and deputies with the large crowds. The tireless hours and effort put in to assist the so often overburdened local officers has not gone unnoticed and each year we like to take a moment to thank these officers for the additional time and effort the give the Erie Area These officers, although perhaps not always visible, have made a significant law enforcement presence during our crowed steelhead season. These combined weekly details have been a productive part of maintaining a high level of law enforcement that has become so important during the crowded fall and winter steelhead season.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Snow showers likely. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Lows in the upper 20s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Thursday...Snow showers likely. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Thursday Night...Snow showers likely. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Friday...Snow showers likely. Highs in the lower 30s. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Friday Night...Cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s.

Sunday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.

Sunday Night...Cloudy with a chance of rain or snow. Lows in the mid 20s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows in the upper 20s.

Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s.

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