WCO Report for Erie County 12/22/2004: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: December 21, 2004

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on December 21, 2004 at 20:28:19:

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 Safety:
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

Happy Holidays:
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

Heat the oil in a wide frying pan over medium heat, cast iron is always best. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft and translucent. Stir in the sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and puree. Cook over high heat until a thick sauce forms.
Blend the lemon juice, water and cornstarch together, and stir into the tomato mixture. Cook until the mixture boils.

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.

Local Weather:
Wednesday night
Snow, rain or freezing rain. Some accumulation possible. Lows in the lower 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Brisk. Snow, freezing rain or rain in the morning, changing to snow and then tapering to snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph in the morning becoming northwest 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
Thursday night
Mostly cloudy with snow showers likely. Brisk, colder. Lows near 15. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Colder with highs 15 to 20.
Friday night
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 5 to 10 above.
Christmas day
Mostly cloudy and cold with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 15.
Saturday night
Partly cloudy. Lows near 10.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 20s.
Sunday night
Partly cloudy. Lows 15 to 20.
Mostly cloudy and brisk. Highs in the lower 30s.

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