April 28th, 2010|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bass boats have increased in number on Presque Isle Bay with fair to good small mouth fishing reported. Many area launch ramps are in and a number of boaters have taken to the lake targeting steelhead and lake trout. A few steelhead are still being pulled from Presque Isle Bay. Pan fishing is good at the west end of Presque Isle Bay and the shallow waters near shore. Anglers were doing fair catching small steelhead at the Elk Creek Access area this past weekend as well as off the "Wall" at Walnut Creek. Although some steelhead remain in the tribs they are scattered. Temperature forecasts in the 70s this weekend may bring the final wind down to this Springs Steelhead season. Recent rainfall brought some temporary flow to the tribs putting the stockies on the move. The Lake Erie water temperature is 45 degrees. West county tribs were clearing with some flow as of Tuesday afternoon.
Upcoming Erie Area Kids Derbies:
The Northwestern Sportsmen's Club Kids Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday, May 1st, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the NW Sportsmens Club Pond, located at 8114 Route 6N West Springfield PA 16443. This fishing event is open to kids 15 years of age and younger.
Walnut Creek Access Update: The launch ramps are in at Walnut Creek, with channel dredging complete, although as usual it is suggested to watch your depth finder when entering or exiting the channel. The Marina office is open now on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7:00 AM till 5:30 PM. Daily regular hours will resume this Saturday May 1st. Anglers can purchase licenses, PFBC literature, and get weather information at the access office.
Stocked Trout are Great for Hot Smoking:
Smaller fish like trout, don't need to spend a lot of time in a brine. About 1 hour will do for smaller fish. You want these fish to be cleaned and ready for the smoker before you brine then and have them laid open so the brine can get inside. Brining can be completely optional for smoked trout. While the trout brine you can prepare the smoker. Small trout (about 9 inches) can be completely smoked in as little as an hour or so, but more time will add extra flavor. Watch the fish to make sure they dont dry out, but leave them in the smoker for up to 4 hours. Use a mild wood like a fruit wood or oak to smoke with. Traditionally alder is used with fish and if you can get some it makes a great smoke flavor. Try to place the trout in such a way as to let the smoke get to the insides of the fish.
Once the trout is smoked it will be easy to remove the bones because the slow cooking process helps to separate the meat from the bones. Once the trout is completely smoked y you can eat them just the way they are, or you can use the smoked trout almost like smoked salmon as an appetizer or an ingredient in other dishes. Try adding about 1 cup of smoked trout meat to 2 cups of cream cheese. Season with garlic and Tabasco and serve it as a dip. (Oh yeah babe).
Smoked trout can be frozen for months or refrigerated for days, but remember that hot smoked fish isnt preserved and if you do not intend to eat it right away then you need to refrigerate it or feeze it. It is generally a good idea to remove the skin and bones before freezing.
Wednesday Night...Clear. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 15 to 20 mph...becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight.
Thursday...Areas of frost in the morning...then sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Not as cool with lows in the lower 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday...Partly cloudy. Much warmer with highs in the lower 70s.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday...Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday...Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cooler with lows in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s.