WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
This past weekend brought single digit temperatures to the area freezing much of the slow moving tributary waters. A slight midweek rise in temperatures along with some daytime sun has melted some of the ice leaving the tribs partially ice covered with a fair amount of fishable waters. The Walnut Creek Basin if frozen but very thin at the present time. Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the teens towards the Holiday so for now we are in a wait and see mode on conditions. Presently, any ice should be considered unstable and not safe. If in doubt be safe and fish from the banks. rgl
Winter conditions along the tribs can offer some great steelhead fishing however, frigid conditions present a number of safety challenges to those hardy anglers. Winter time is good time to buddy up and avoid fishing alone, especially in the more remote areas. An unexpected slip or a soaking in frigid water is a good reason to have potential help nearby. Even though cell phone coverage improves daily, many of the areas in Western Erie County, especially along the lake shore offer minimal to no reception. Layering in warm clothing and covering the head and ears should be standard dress. Neoprene waders can provide good insulation as well. Frequent breaks and occasional walking while fishing will help keep the circulation moving and the body warm. Standing in icewater until the legs are numb can make an icewater spill a reality. Frequent snacks and warm drinks can help to replenish the energy robbed by the cold temperatures. A little extra care and preparation during the winter months will go a long way in keeping your angling experience safe and enjoyable. rgl
Best wishes for a great Holiday Season from all the PFBC Officers and personnel along Pennsylvania's North Coast.
Walnut Creek Access:
The office building and restrooms are now closed for the season. Porta jons and trash containers will remain around the access area throughout the winter and spring for your convenience. Please use them.
Try This One for the Holidays Just for Fun- Mexican Steelhead??
2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil
1 Large onion, chopped
2 Cloves fresh garlic, minced
4 Teaspoons sugar
1 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves
4 Cups tomato puree
1/2 Teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 Teaspoons lime juice
1 1/2 Teaspoons water
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Fresh jalapeno chiles, seeded, and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons capers, drained
4-6-oz. Steelhead or salmon steaks or skinned fillets cut in to 6 to 8 oz. pieces
1/3 Cup thinly sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
3 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
Place the fish into the sauce, cover and cook over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Then turn the fish, cover and cook another 4-5 minutes, or until the fish begins to flake at the touch of a fork.
Add the chiles and capers, and cook another 2-3 minutes. To serve, place the steaks or fillets on individual plates, and surround and top the fish with the sauce. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream or guacamole dip and of course your favorite south of the border malt beverage.