WCO Report for Erie County 02/06/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: February 06, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on February 06, 2008 at 11:05:55:

February 6th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Somewhat mild conditions this past weekend (for Erie anyway), found the west county tribs lined with anglers enjoying good to excellent steelhead conditions. Catches were good with many limits and hook ups observed with shiners, jigs, single eggs and egg patterns being the go to baits. Temps in the high forties and low fifties on Monday and Tuesday burned off any remaining ice along the tribs. With the mild temperatures came a significant amount of rainfall Monday night and Tuesday raising the water levels to high and very muddy conditions. Forecasts are calling for less precipitation and colder temperatures later in the week with the mercury expected to dip into the teens by the weekend. In short it will be wait and see

Walnut Creek Fishing Hours Change, Effective Immediately:
From September 2nd until the opening day of trout season in April, all Lake Erie tributary streams are closed to fishing from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on the following day except for Walnut Creek, north of the Manchester Bridge
and Elk Creek north of Route 5.

The Important change here is that Walnut Creek specifically and effective immediately, is now closed to fishing south of the Manchester Bridge between the hours of 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day through the opening day
of Trout Season.

Ice Conditions:
This years ice conditions on Presque Isle Bay and area lakes and ponds has been unpredictable at best. Anglers are advised that ice conditions and thickness are not monitored by most agencies including the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. It is simply too unpredictable, particularly in a year as we are having with rapid freezing and melting and varying ice conditions. Anglers are always advised to take the utmost precautions and use common sense. There have been a number of reports around the area of "fall throughs" and one individual was observed out on Presque Isle Bay on Monday morning with considerable open water and slush. Unfortunately, there are no laws on the books for a lack of common sense. If in doubt...donít' go out!

Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo:
The 24th annual Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo will be held February 29th through March 2nd at the new Erie Bayfront Convention Center along the Erie bay front just west of Dobbins landing. Hours are Noon to 9:00 PM on Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. With 23 years under its belt, this expo has developed into the definitive cabin fever event for area hunters and anglers. The expo is a fabulous mix of the latest in hunting and fishing information and gear blended with exhibits by local clubs, bait shops and sport and travel stores and outfitters from around the globe. Great buys, informative demonstrations, and noted guest speaker clinics round out the expo. Area PFBC officers and representatives from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as always, will be on hand through out the weekend to answer questions and listen to your comments. See you there..... For more information go to Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo

Elk Valley Sportsmen Reverse Raffle, Don't Miss It!
The annual Elk Valley Sportsmen Reverse Raffle is just around the corner. Your ticket gives you a chance at the $2,000.00 Main Prize, dinner, drinks, music, games of chance, & dancing. It is being held on Feb. 16th @ St. John's Social Hall / Girard with Happy Hour starting at 5:30 ... Dinner @ 7:00 ... Dancing from 9:00 to Midnight. At a bargain price of $60.00/couple, it is one of the best buys out there. This is the only Fund Raiser held by the Elk Valley Sportsmen Club for the year. This helps to fund the Annual Kid's Fishing Derby & improvements at the Girard Boro Pond as well as Turkey Feeding, Hunter's Safety Courses, and many other community projects. Tickets are available at McDonald's Meats on Route 20 in Girard (near the Overlake Golf Course) or by calling Lee Weaver at 922-3412 (area code 814 if needed) or any Club Officer. This is the sportsmen's social event of the season in Northwest Erie County. Tickets are limited to 200 couples so get yours now !!

Basic Boating Class, Sign Up Early, Many Have Already Registered:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be conducting a safe boating class on Tuesday and Thursday, March 25th and 27th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each evening. The class will be held at the Girard United Methodist Church at 48 Main Street Girard PA 16417 with plenty of room for anyone interested. 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 and is especially recommended for the new boater and their families. 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 and early sign up is recommended. 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 or you can phone WCO Brook Tolbert at (814) 774-4672
Upon successful completion of the course , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Rain or snow showers likely in the evening... Then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation. Colder with lows in the mid 20s. East winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Thursday...Cloudy. A chance of snow showers in the morning. Much colder with highs around 30. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent.

Thursday Night...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds around 5 mph...becoming south 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s.

Friday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s.

Saturday...Snow showers likely. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Saturday Night...Snow showers likely. Very windy and colder with lows 10 to 15. Chance of snow 70 percent. Wind chill values as low as 5 below after midnight.

Sunday...Snow showers likely. Very windy and much colder with highs 15 to 20. Chance of snow 70 percent. Wind chill values as low as 10 below.

Sunday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cold with lows around 10 above. Wind chill values as low as 5 below.

Monday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 20s. Wind chill values as low as 5 below in the morning.

Monday Night...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 10 to 15.

Tuesday...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s.

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