WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
A mixed bag of weather conditions has kept anglers guessing on area tributary conditions. Early week rain had again blown out any ice formation and set area waters flowing and muddy. Rain and snow predictions although not heavy, may be enough to keep the tribs flowing through the weekend and slow down any ice formation. How many fish have moved in is unclear, but its a good bet that a few have with recent conditions. Anglers are still ice fishing the Bay picking up good numbers of gills and a few perch. Caution should be exercised on any area ice with the recent rain and warm weather. A flight over lake Erie Tuesday afternoon reveiled that most of the lake, especially the Western basin, is ice free with a lot of broken drift ice.
Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 33 degrees. Tributary conditions as of this writing are generally high and flowing.
Northwest Region Annual Deputy Meeting:
This past Sunday Deputy Waterways Conservation Officers from the Northwest Region met in Meadville for their annual meeting. This is an opportunity for area DWCOs to meet as a large group as part of their on going training through out the year. Agenda items included regulation updates, comprehensive training schedules for the year, outstanding service recognition and awards, refresher training and education in police and law enforcement skills. Training for both DWCO's and WCO's is an ongoing process through out the year to keep officers on top of the latest law enforcement polices, tactics, and required annual certifications. A number of Deputies were recognized for their many years of dedicated service with several officers serving as long as 30 years.
This years Deputy of the year award was given to WCO Dave Gustafson for his dedicated service, countless hours of duty and hard work in support and commitment to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Nominations for this prestigous award are made by area officers. Congradulations Dave for a job well done.
Safe Boating Class Coming Up:
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be conducting a safe boating class on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11th and 12th. at Gander Mountain at the Millcreek Mall. This comprehensive 8 hour class is designed for the novice boater or boater to be, as well as the experienced boater who would like to refresh his knowledge. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. Successful completion of the course qualifies the individual for a Pennsylvania boating education safety certificate (card).
There is no charge for the course or materials, although registration is required. There are still openings. To reserve a spot in this hands on class contact Gander Mountain customer service at the Mall. Class size will be limited to 25 people so early sign up is recommended. Upon successful completion of the course and the final exam , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Colder with lows around 20. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 15 to 20 mph.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 15.
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 30.
Friday night and Saturday
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 20. Highs around 30.
Partly cloudy. Lows around 20.
Sunday through President's day
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 30. Lows around 20.