WCO Report for Erie County 02/24/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: February 23, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on February 23, 2010 at 18:39:27:

February 24th, 2010

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton
(There will be no DWCO Report for March 6th and 16th, Reports will resume on March 23rd)


Temperatures have been hovering just above the freezing mark and combined with some rain earlier this week, the area has seen some melting. There has been some water opening up on the west side tribs but for the most part most areas are still ice covered. Presque Isle bay still has plenty of hardwater anglers but in these gradual melt down periods, extreme caution should be used. Anglers were having a tough time this past weekend with catches being hit or miss depending on location and who you talk to. Conditions permitting, the most productive area on the Bay seems to be North of Liberty Park and North of Dobbins Landing. Anglers were having some luck at the mouth of Trout Run and only a few scattered anglers have been spotted on the Marina basin at the Walnut Creek Access Area. Local forecasts all calling for significant snow over the next week. Anglers making long trips to the area would be wise to check forecasts and road conditions. Pennsylvania road conditions can be obtained by calling (888) 783 6783

Fly Fishing Workshop:
Folly's End Fly Shop and the Erie Casting Club will be holding a steelhead workshop on March 6th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Presque Isle Quality Inn, 6467 Sterrettania Road. Registration is $15.00 with the class being limited to 40 students.For reservations and more information call (814) 474-5730

SONS of Lake Erie Ice Out Party:
The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie's annual "Ice Out Party will be held on Sunday, March 28th, 2010 at the Cauley Memorial Auditorium, 215 East 4th Street, Erie, PA from 1P.M. until 5:30 P.M. For more information on this great family event call (814) 453-2270 or email sonslakeri@aol.com

Support Your Local Sportsmens' Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their next meeting at 7 P.M. Wednesday March 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.

Anglers Fishing the Shoreline at Trout Run:
With ice formed along the lake shore and the tributary open, it can be difficult to tell where the tributary ends and the lake begins. Fishing in the Trout Run trib (State controlled nursery waters) is prohibited. Generally any running or riffled water can be considered part of the tributary. If in doubt, don/t take the risk as fines for fishing or disturbing State nursery waters can be expensive.

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 water craft (jet ski) and anyone born on or after January 1st 1982 operating a boat powered by motors greater than 25 Horsepower.
Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo: The 26th annual Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo will be held March 5th through March 7th at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center along the Erie bay front just west of Dobbins landing. Hours are Noon to 8:00 PM on Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. With 25 years under its belt, this expo has developed into the definitive cabin fever event for area hunters and anglers. The expo is a fabulous mix of the latest in hunting and fishing information and gear blended with exhibits by local clubs, bait shops and sport and travel stores and outfitters from around the globe. Great buys, informative demonstrations, and noted guest speaker clinics round out the expo. Area PFBC officers and representatives from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as always, will be on hand through out the weekend to answer questions and listen to your comments. Tickets are 7.00 each and parking is free. See you there..... For more information go to Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Snow showers likely. Snow accumulation around an inch. Lows around 20. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Thursday...Occasional snow showers. Additional light snow accumulation. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.

Thursday Night...Occasional snow showers. Little or no additional snow accumulation. Near steady temperature in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.

Friday...Snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s. Chance of snow 90 percent.

Friday Night...Snow showers likely. Lows around 20. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Saturday...Snow showers likely. Highs in the lower 30s. Chance of snow 70 percent.

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

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

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s.

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

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

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

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