WCO Report for Erie County 11/21/2007: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: November 26, 2007

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on November 26, 2007 at 15:09:39:

November 21st, 2007

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Off and on drizzle around the Erie area has been common, although as of Tuesday afternoon there had been little effect on the tribs. Although the weekends are still busy, the crowds have dropped a bit with the cold weather and hunting season upon us. Trib conditions are still up from the the last good rain we had a week or so ago, but in general, conditions are clear and on the low side. Flow has been moderate on Elk and Walnut. Patient anglers have been doing fair to good in the Walnut Creek marina basin. Catches along the Lake Shore at Trout and Godfrey Runs have been very good when the lake is calm. There has been enough precipitation to allow fish movement on Crooked Creek and anglers have been taking advantage of this. Perch and Crappie have been biting in the Bay and off the North and South Piers and few Steelhead have made their way into Cascade Creek. Current Lake Erie temperature as of this writing is 44 degrees. Current trib conditions as of late Tuesday afternoon were generally clear with slow to moderate flow.

Holiday Shopping:
With the official start of the Holiday shopping season this weekend, consider all that the PFBC has to offer to supplement your gift list for the angler or angler to be. Fishing licenses make great gifts for the young angler who has turned 16 and a lifetime license for the retired angler can be a great gift of savings and convenience. Licenses can also be the incentive needed to get that spouse out on the water (If so desired). The PFBC also has an extensive list of publications and gift items available for purchase on line at the PFBCOutdoorShop Many of our publications are also available at the Walnut Creek Access office as well.

Law Enforcement:
Low clear conditions for much of this year's steelhead season have made angling a challenge for the honest sportsmen however, being able to see the fish in the shallow conditions has made poaching and snagging all too tempting. Area officers continue to have their hands full. Violations this past week included snagging, over the limit, nursery water violations, illegal devices failure to conform to the vehicle code, not conforming to posted traffic control signs, and litter. Many anglers have noticed and commented on the increased PFBC Officer presence was this fall. These highly successful details will continue this Spring to keep up with with the large crowds that are drawn to the area. Officers from around the state along with the local WCO's and DWCO's will enhance the already strong law enforcement program dedicated to the Erie area.

Worth Mentioning Again:
With deer season next week wearing a little fluorescent orange in the more remote areas of the tribs may help to distinguish you from a hunter's prey.

Open Fires: With the colder weather setting in, anglers will often be tempted to gather loose wood and start fires. Starting, tending, building and especially abandoning an open fire without landowner or land lessee's permission is a violation of the law. This law applies to PFBC controlled properties and Presque Isle State Park as well. Since nearly all fishable land along the tribs and lake shore is privately owned, open fires should not be started unless you are able to provide proof of the specific landowners permission to do so.

Have a Safe Holiday:
On behalf of all the officers along Pennsylvania's North coast, have a safe and happy holiday and successful hunting season. rgl

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Rain. Cooler with lows in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Thanksgiving Day...Rain or snow in the morning...then snow showers likely in the afternoon. Light snow accumulation. Much cooler with highs in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Thursday Night...Snow showers likely. Additional moderate snow accumulation possible. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Friday...Snow showers likely. Highs in the lower 30s. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Friday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows around 30.

Sunday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Lows in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Monday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s.

Monday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s.

Tuesday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s.

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