December 13th, 2006|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Weather conditions took a U turn with temperatures climbing into the 50s causing a quick melt down of the recent snow cover. The run off was still evident in the tribs as of Tuesday afternoon with most areas nicely stained and flowing well. Although conditions have been good, the run off seems to have only brought in smaller fish in the 15 to 20" range suggesting that if you are unsure on the smaller fish, take a moment to measure if you intend to keep it. There are still plenty of steelhead spread through out the tribs and a dramatic decrease in anglers. Lake Erie has remained calm over the last week allowing the chorus lines to dance along the lakeshore at Trout Run. The winter months can be some of the most productive times for steelheading with plenty of elbow room and some of the most beautiful winter scenery in the country. Current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 39 degrees , Current west county trib conditions as of late Tuesday afternoon were good levels and color.
Reminder - John Simmons of the PFBC Will Speak at Tonights PA Steelhead Asscociation Meeting:
This months Pennsylvania Steelhead Association meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday December 13th at the American Legion Post on Route 5 just East of the Airport. This is a "must attend" meeting for those concerned about future angling access along the Erie Tributaries and the progress that the PFBC is making on this delicate issue. John Simmons from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is scheduled to be in attendance to discuss updates on progress regarding the PFBC easement program along with other important issues. This meeting is a golden opportunity to show your concerns and support for preserving, maintaining, and expanding public fishing access in Northwestern Pennsylvania. John always brings up to the minute information from Harrisburg. This should be a great meeting with a solid agenda and an opportunity for questions. As always, the public is welcome.
2. Pick a place that is easy to get to, comfortable and safe.
3. Give them simple tackle, a closed faced real, bobber and a simple baits -- nothing can be more discouraging to a child than complicated equipment or equipment that doesnít work.
4. Have realistic expectations when taking young children -- realize children can have short attention spans and may want to move on to something else after a very short time. Take time out to explore the area you are fishing. Try looking for bugs or animals or even skip stones across the water. You canít expect kids to have the same level of enthusiasm you do the first few trips. Donít make fishing a chore for them.
5. Along with that, be patient. You'll be unsnagging lines, baiting hooks and landing fish for them.
6. Throw in a treat for them... an after fishing ice cream cone or meal.