WCO Report for Erie County 1/25/2006: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: January 25, 206

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on January 25, 206 at 00:06:42:

WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert

Conditions: Most of the remaining runoff through out the county has made its way to the lake leaving the area tribs somewhat on the low side and very clear in most areas compared to what we have experienced so far this season. Snow and rain are predicted over the next few weeks that may quickly change conditions. Predicted temperatures look mild enough that the tribs should remain open and extend the fall steelhead season even further. Conditions have been good with anglers taking advantage of the unseasonably mild weather, although with the play offs this past weekend, there was plenty of elbow room. Those willing to withstand a little cold weather know that these mild winters offer some great fishing opportunities without the crowds. Anglers have been doing well off the wall at the Walnut Access as well as the in the marina basin. The Lake has had plenty of calm days and found anglers trying their luck at both the Trout and Godfrey run shorelines. Upper Elk Creek to the Mckean hole has been productive with a fair number of fresh fish in the upper stretches. Live shiners fished under a light float as well as single eggs, and small egg patterns can be killer baits this time of year. Anglers have been spotted on the North and South piers and along the Bayfront at Presque Isle targeting panfish. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 37 off Toledo, 34 off Cleveland and 36 degrees off Erie. Area trib conditions as of this writing are clear and dropping.

Safe Boating Class Coming Up:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be conducting a safe boating class on Monday and Tuesday , March 6th and 7th at the Stull Interpretive Center (Nature Center) at Presque Isle State Park. 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. This class typically fills up quickly and class size will be limited to 35 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 if one is desired. To register for this class, email DWCO Randy Leighton at rglerie@msn.com with your name, address, phone, age, and number of people you would like to register if necessary you can phone 814-774-4672

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Local Weather: Wednesday Snow showers. Areas of blowing snow. Additional snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. Windy with temperatures steady in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 25 to 35 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph especially in the morning.

Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the evening...Then partly cloudy after midnight. Windy and cold with lows around 18. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent.

Thursday Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy. Lows around 18. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s.

Friday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

Saturday Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s.

Saturday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

Sunday Partly cloudy in the morning...Then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday Night Cloudy. A chance of rain and snow in the evening...Then a chance of snow after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

Monday Cloudy. A chance of snow in the morning...Then a chance of snow and rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

Monday Night Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows in the lower 20s.

Tuesday Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs in the lower 30s.

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