WCO Report for Erie County 02/13/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: February 13, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on February 13, 2008 at 11:47:42:

February 13th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


The Erie are weather has had more ups and downs than the new Ravine Flyer II roller coaster at Waldameer Park. Mild temperatures and open water has given way to a deep freeze over the last several days. A good blanket of snow covered the area as of late Tuesday afternoon. Area tribs are nearly frozen over again with only the fastest flowing water remaining open. Presque Isle Bay has frozen over again although at this point the ice is very rough from high winds and should be considered unstable. Considerable drifting ice has reformed over Lake Erie again. In short we are in that transition period from soft water to safe hard water fishing. Cold temperatures forecast for the remainder of the week may bring solid ice by the weekend.

Support Your Local Sportsmens Clubs:
The PA Steelhead Association will have its monthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 at the American Legion Post 773 at 4109 West 12th Street in Erie. This is on the south side of West 12th Street (State Route 5), just east of the Erie Airport. The club will be accepting nominations for officers at this month's meeting. The public is welcome.

Annual Sons Ice Fishing Clinic:
The Sons of Lake Erie will be conducting their annual ice fishing clinic at the Waterworks Pond at Presque Isle State Park on Saturday February 16th. This annual event is a great introduction to ice fishing with a chance to try your luck. The SONS provide the gear and bait with plenty of refreshments. If the forecasts hold up, conditions should be good for this event

New Bait Shop, Welcome Aboard:
A new bait shop has opened in southern Erie County for you convenience. They are Amanda's Bait and More located at 6 East State Street Albion, PA 16401. Phone, 814-756-4356

Ice Fishing Equipment Reminder:
It is unlawful while ice fishing to use more than five fishing devices, which may consist of rods, hand lines, tip-ups, or any combination. Each device shall contain a single fishing line with no more than three hooks attached to each line. Holes cut in ice may not exceed 10 inches between the farthest points as measured in any direction. All lines, rods, or tip-ups shall be under the immediate control of the person using them. On Fish & Boat Commission lakes, shelters, or shanties must be removed when through fishing for the day.

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. Anglers should be aware that this now an enforceable regulation

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, There Are Still Tickets Left!
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 !!

Cabin Fever?, Basic Boating Class, Sign Up Early:
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...Mostly cloudy. Lows around 17. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent.

Friday...Rain likely in the morning. Snow likely. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Colder with lows 10 to 15.

Saturday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows around 20.

Sunday...Partly sunny in the morning...then becoming cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s.

Sunday Night...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s.

Presidents Day...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 30.

Monday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 15 to 20.

Tuesday...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s.

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