WCO Report for Erie County 12/13/2006: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: December 13, 206

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on December 13, 206 at 13:28:57:

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.

Make a New Year's Resolution !!!
Introducing kids to fishing can be a rewarding experience, and itís important to make these trips positive experiences for everyone. Here are some tips to remember:

1. It's quantity not quality for most children -- they're satisfied catching lots of smaller fish such as bluegills rather than catching fewer, bigger fish such as bass or steelhead. Catching a few fish on the first outing will peak childrenís interest and make them look forward to the next trip.

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.
By taking time to introduce children to fishing, you may end up with a fishing buddy for life.

Local Weather:

Local Weather Radar from the National Weather Service

Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds around 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Highs around 50. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Thursday Night
Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows around 40. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Friday Night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.

Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.

Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s.

Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s.

Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

Partly sunny. Highs around 40.

Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.

Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s.

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