WCO Report for Erie County 04/09/2008: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: April 08, 2008

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on April 08, 2008 at 19:42:24:

April 9th, 2008

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Mild temperatures and little to no precipitation over the last week have left the area tribs on the low side and very clear. There are still steelhead in the tribs and there have been fresh fish caught. There are plenty of suckers throughout most areas and anglers are finding them selves working their way through the recently stocked steelhead smolts. This week's stocked trout for the opener on Saturday should provide plenty of fun. Early weather forecasts are calling for the low 50's and a pretty good chance of rain for opening day (hey, it's Erie). Anglers have been heading to Presque Isle State Park for spring crappie and perch action on the Bay. Action has been fair to good in the deeper areas with many anglers targeting the "Stink Hole" just off shore between the third and fourth parking lots entering the park. Current Lake Erie Water temperature off Toledo is 45 degrees, 37 degrees off Cleveland, and off the Port of Erie, 35 degrees. There is still a fair amount of drifting ice on Lake Erie.

Temporary Closing Reminder:
The Happy Valley Road area of Crooked Creek near the Crooked Creek Tubes (was the location of the PSA bank stabilization project) will temporarily be closed to to public access by the landowner on April 12th and 13th and will re open on Monday April 14th. This area is not stocked by the PFBC. Anglers are asked to avoid this area this weekend and maintain good landowner relations for future fishing access

Trophy Bass Season on Lake Erie:?
Trophy bass season on Lake Erie, it's tributaries, and Presque Isle bay opens April 12th and extends through June 15th. Minimum size during this period is 20" with a one fish daily creel limit.

Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs: The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association meeting is Wednesday April 9th at 7 PM. Meetings are held in the main banquet room on the ground floor the American Legion Post 773 at 4109 West 12th Street, Erie, PA. 16505. This is on the south side of West 12th street (route 5), just east of the Erie Airport. The public is welcome

Cold Water: Although Spring has shown it's face in our area and throughout the Commonwealth, most area waters are still bone chilling. The month of April can be deadly with the overlap of warm weather and remaining winter water temperatures The PFBC offers a few, common sense tips for dealing with cold water:

Wear a life jacket. It will save you when you can't save yourself.

Eat high-energy foods like carbohydrates, candy, fruit, etc. This will keep your fire “stoked” and will help prevent hypothermia.

Let others know your plans and if possible, don’t go alone. Self-rescue is extremely difficult in cold water. Your odds of survival go up if there are other members of your party nearby to lend aid.

Wear appropriate clothing. Layered clothing can help prevent hypothermia. Cotton clothing should be avoided because it doesn't provide insulation when wet.

If you find yourself falling into cold water, cover you mouth and nose with your hands. The shock of sudden immersion into cold water causes you to take a sharp breath in. Covering your airway lessens the likelihood of inhaling water.

If you are boating and find yourself in the water, attempt to get back into your boat. If it has capsized, climb on top of the boat.

If you are wading and fall in moving water, tuck your knees to your chest. This traps air in your waders, which helps keep you buoyant. Keep your feet up to avoid entanglement. Only attempt to stand when you are in shallow, slower moving water.

If you can't get out of the water and shore is too far, get into the "HELP" position (Heat Escape Lessening Posture). Bring your knees to your chest and wrap your arms across your chest to slow the loss of body heat.

Once on dry land, do not remove your clothing. Even wet, it provides some insulation.

Get to warmth quickly. Recognize the signs of hypothermia and response accordingly. Seek medical assistance if need be.
Opening Day This Saturday:
Have a safe and productive opening day. If you are coming to the area from out of town, take a few minutes and review the regulations for Trout Season and especially for this area. Be patient with those around you, courteous, and remember to carry out what you carry in.

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Cooler with lows in the upper 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming north after midnight.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Friday...Showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Friday Night...Showers likely. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Saturday...Showers likely. Highs in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Saturday Night...Cloudy. Showers likely in the evening...then a chance of showers after midnight. Cooler with lows in the mid 30s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

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

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

Monday...Cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s.

Monday Night...Cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

Tuesday...Mostly cloudy. Highs around 50.

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