WCO Report for Erie County 11/24/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: November 23, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on November 23, 2010 at 23:09:06:

November 24th, 2010

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com


With hunting season upon us and with relatively continued low and clear trib conditions, angling pressure on the tribs has eased up somewhat. Scattered drizzle and cold nights triggered some incoming steelhead over the last two weeks although they seemed to stay confined to the lower stretches of the tribs near the mouths. The Elk Creek Access area from the boat launch north to the lake had a significant number of fish but the clear conditions made catching them tough. Most of the action was seen just before daybreak. Much needed additional rain and even a little snow are predicted this week that may provide good conditions for the holiday weekend. Anglers are doing fair at the Walnut Creek Project waters finding a mix of fresh and stream darkened fish. Anglers fishing the mouths at Walnut, Elk, and Godfrey runs have been doing good on calm days and evenings. Earlier season runs have left a good number of steelhead in the upper stretches of the West County tribs making areas of opportunity abundant. Anglers fishing the Walnut Basin are doing fair and anglers fishing the Wall at Walnut have seen a fair number of fresh fish
Good cold weather baits for the drift anglers include egg sacs, single eggs, skein, shiners, plastic worms in pink, white, and chartreuse, and small jigs tipped with a maggot or a wax worm. Fly anglers will often use single egg patterns and sucker spawn patterns in white, pink, orange, cream, and peach. Woolly buggers and minnow imitating patterns are also popular. West County tribs were on the clear side with some flow as of this writing.

Holiday Shopping:
With the official start of the Holiday shopping season this weekend, 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 well 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 books, publications, and gift items available for purchase on line at our Outdoor Shop Many of our publications are also available at the Walnut Creek Access office as well.
Wear Some Orange: We again want to emphasize that it is wise to wear at least some orange in the out lying areas of the tribs especially on Elk, Crooked and Conneaut Creeks Many hunters will be out over the next two weeks as the colder weather and possible snow reaches our area. Don't put your self in their sights, wear some orange. If you are on State Game lands, wearing orange is a requirement during hunting season.

A Special Thanks to Our Fellow Officers:
This season as in past years, additional PFBC officers from around the state have given valuable time and considerable effort in many cases to come to Erie to assist local officers and deputies during the busy steelhead season. The tireless hours and effort put in to assist the so often overburdened local officers has not gone unnoticed. 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 played and will continue to be a productive part of maintaining the high level of law enforcement that has become so important during the fall steelhead season.

Yellow Perch Size Limit Changes December 1st:
The minimum size for yellow perch goes to 7" effective December 1st, 2010 until March 31st 2011 with daily creel limit remaining at 30.

Winter Fishing Tip:
Allowing your reel to get wet in freezing weather can render the drag system ineffective. Be sure to thoroughly dry out a wet reel and oil lightly.... especially in freezing conditions

Have a Great Holiday:
Area Officers and local PFBC employees would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and the best of luck to area hunters for a safe and productive deer season.

Local Weather:

Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Cooler with highs in the lower 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night...Cloudy. A chance of rain showers after midnight. Near steady temperature in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thanksgiving Day...Rain showers. Breezy with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Thursday Night...Cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening...then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cooler with highs in the mid 30s.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s.

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

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 30s.

Sunday...Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.

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