WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
Dry conditions over the last week have left area tribs low and very clear with the remaining steelhead holding in the deeper pools and near the access areas. The access area at Elk Creek was a busy spot this past weekend with a fair number of fish caught and the few anglers that have been braving the wintry conditions along the wall at the Walnut Creek Access area have been doing well. Most bait fisherman have been successfully using live shiners and single cured eggs under the lightest of lines and floats. Steelhead have been caught in Presque Isle Bay and Marina Bay for the hearty pre season boaters and a few lucky shoreline anglers. Stockies have been hitting well at both the Upper Gravel Pit Pond and at Lake Pleasant.
Support Your local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The SONS of Lake Erie will have their monthly meeting on Monday March 27th, 2006 . Meetings begin at 7:30 PM and are held at the Moniuszko Club, 1209 Reed Street, Erie, PA. This months meeting presentation will be on new boat designs for Lake Erie presented by Port Erie Boat Building. The S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie is an angler association established in 1981 to promote better fishing in Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie and Erie County with concentration on the conservation of Lake Erie's native fish. The Association has over 1,600 members. Their tireless efforts concentrate on public access, the handicapped anglers, countless kids events, raising fish, and a long list of other endeavors crucial to the Lake Erie Fishery.
The SONS will also be holding their annual "Fantastic Fin and Fur Drawing" (ice out party) on Sunday April 9th, 2006 from 1:00 PM till 6:00 PM at the Cauley Memorial Center at 4th and Holland in Erie. This annual family event features refreshments and a load of give a ways with a 2006 Yamaha Bruin four wheeler as the grand prize. For tickets and more information you can phone the SONS at 814-453-2270
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will hold it's annual Spring Steelhead Tournament and Banquet on March 25th beginning at 6:00 AM until 6:30 PM followed by a 7:00 PM banquet at the American Legion Post 773, 4109 West 12th Street, Erie PA. This is a catch and release tournament for club members with no monetary prizes.....only bragging rights. Signups and membership information are available at both Poor Richards locations in Erie and Northeast
Getting Ready for Boating Season:
Dredging of the Walnut Creek Access Channel is currently underway in preparation for the upcoming boating season and should cause minimal interruption to anglers.
Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition Forum Reminder, Might Want to Get There Early:
The Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition will be presenting its second annual Sportsmen's Forum with presentations by both the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The exciting field of speakers includes Dr. Doug Austin, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Dr. Austin is scheduled to present the Youth Fishing License Program and discuss the Erie Access Improvement Program. Cal DuBrock, Wildlife Management Director for the PGC, will be discussing Deer Management and Roger Coup, Wildlife Management Supervisor, will be discussing new wildlife projects in 2006. The Executive Director of the PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will be discussing the Erie Bluffs State Park. The floor will be open to questions following the presentations as time permits. These event encompasses many of the hottest topics for all area sportsmen and those attending will likely see a standing room only event. The forum will be held Friday March 31st from 7:00 PM till 9:00PM at Northwestern High School, 200 Harthan Way, Albion, PA. just 2 blocks off Route 6N in
Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.