WCO Report for Erie County 02/03/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: February 02, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on February 02, 2010 at 23:14:10:

February 3rd, 2010

West Erie County

DWCO Randy Leighton


Erie has been in deep freeze over the last week strengthening ice conditions on the Bay and area ponds and putting the Erie Tribs back into ice over. This past weekend Presque Isle Bay was one busy place with hundreds of ice huts scattered, ice boats making their way through out, and even quite a few ice skaters. One unfortunate ice boater managed to find some thin ice and broke through but was pulled out unharmed.
Angling success was hit or miss depending on who you talked to, but a good number of pan fish limits were observed coming off the ice. The occasional steelhead and a a few bass here and there were reported as well.
Although the ice continues to harden, use caution.

Steelhead Fishery Public Hearing:
The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee will put on a public hearing Thursday, February 4th in Erie regarding the steelhead fishery and its economic impact on the Erie region. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's financial status and Lake Erei management and operations are also on the agenda. The hearing will take place at 3:00 PM at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center , 301 Peninsula Drive.

Support Your Local Sportsmens' Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their next meeting at 7 P.M. Wednesday February 10th, at the American Legion Post 773 at 4109 West 12th Street in Erie. This is on the south side of West 12th Street (State Route 5), just east of the Erie Airport. The public is welcome.

Pennsylvania Steelhead Association to Host Seminar:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be hosting a steelhead fishing seminar at the South Hills Assembly, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA. 15102 on February 6th. Start time is 10:00 AM. Scheduled speakers are Jim Jankovic, steelhead guide, who will talk about rigging and spin fishing techniques and Adam Norris who will cover fly fishing techniques. There will be information on center pin fishing and in addition Chuck Murry, PFBC Fish Culturist will be discussing Lake Erie stocking programs and it history for Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout. This event should be loaded with valuable information for the novice steelhead anglers as well as the well most experienced. For more information go to PSA Steelhead Fishing Seminar

Elk Valley Sportsmen Reverse Raffle..
Don't Miss It!

The annual Elk Valley Sportsmen Reverse Raffle is just around the corner. Your ticket gives you a chance at the $1,500 Main Prize, dinner, drinks, music, games of chance, & dancing. It is being held on Feb. 20th @ St. John's Social Hall / Girard with Happy Hour starting at 5:30 ... Dinner @ 7:00 ... Dancing from 9:00 to Midnight. At a bargain price of $60.00/couple, it is one of the best buys out there. Your ticket for two covers dinner, entertainment, and all legal beverages. This is the only Fund Raiser held by the Elk Valley Sportsmen Club for the year. This helps to fund the Annual Kid's Fishing Derby & improvements at the Girard Boro Pond as well as Turkey Feeding, Hunter's Safety Courses, and many other community projects. Tickets are available at McDonald's Meats on Route 20 in Girard (near the Overlake Golf Course) or by calling Lee Weaver at 922-3412 (area code 814 if needed) or any Club Officer. This is the sportsmen's social event of the season in Northwest Erie County. Tickets are limited to 150 couples so get yours now !!
Learn How to Ice Fish:
The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie in cooperation with the PFBC and DCNR will be offering instruction and demonstration on ice fishing techniques on Saturday, February 13th. Interested anglers and observers should meet at the Rotary Pavilion near the Waterworks pond on Presque Isle. The Erie area offers some of the best ice fishing in the state and this is your chance to learn every thing you need to know from local experts. PFBC officers will be on hand to assist and answer questions regarding ice fishing regulations. Equipment will be provided for those in need. For more information and times, contact the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie at 814-453-2270 or email sonslakeri@aol.com The SONS regular monthly membership meeting is scheduled for January 25th at 7:30 PM at at the Polish Falcon's Club, 431 East 3rd St.Erie, PA

Winter Stocking Schedules for the Erie Area:

1) Lake Pleasant is scheduled for February 3rd, 2010. Meeting time is 9:30 AM.

2) The East and West Basin Ponds at Presque Isle State Park is scheduled for February 10th, 2010. Meeting place will be just past the Park office at the Niagara boat launch at 10:00 AM.

3) The Fairview Gravel Pit Pond is scheduled for February 2nd, 2010. Meeting place will be the Fairview State Fish Hatchery on Route 5 in Fairview at 9:45 AM

Stocking schedules are subject to change for more information or changes, go to Winter Stocking Schedule

PFBC Basic Boating Class:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be conducting Basic Boating classes in March. These comprehensive, 8 hour classes are designed for the novice boater or boater to be, as well as the experienced boater who would like to refresh his knowledge and is especially recommended for the new boater and their families. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. Successful completion of the course qualifies the individual for a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Certificate (card). There is no charge for the course or materials, although registration is required. Upon successful completion of the course , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired. The first class will be held on March 10th and 11th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each evening at the
Tom Ridge Environmental Center , Room 112. For more information and registration contact Chad Foster at chfoster@state.pa.us or 814-683-5126. The second class will be held on March 27th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Dan Cliff Hose Co., 4th and High Street, Waterford, PA. For more information and registration for this class contact WCO Jim Smolko at jsmolko@state.pa.us or leave a message at 814-572-0078. For additional boating classes around the area go to Boating Courses

Who Needs a Boating Safety Certificate:
Boating Safety Certificates (Actually a plastic card) are required for anyone operating a personal wate rcraft (jet ski) and anyone born on or after January 1st 1982 operating a boat powered by motors greater than 25 Horsepower.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Near steady temperature in the mid 20s. West winds around 5 mph...becoming south after midnight.

Friday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows around 20.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow in the morning. Highs in the upper 20s. Chance of snow 50 percent.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries. Lows around 20.

Sunday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 20s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s.

Monday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 20.

Tuesday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s.

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