November 26th, 2008|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
The Erie area has had plenty of rain and wet snow to keep the tribs at good fishing levels although we are seeing winter daytime temperatures in the low 30s and dropping into the low 20s at night. Early morning anglers are finding some slush and ice in the slower moving pools, but in general conditions are good to excellent. The crowds are starting to thin out as deer season approaches allowing plenty of elbow room. If you are new to fly fishing, the thinner crowds make it a good time to start. Anglers fishing the Walnut Basin are doing fair and anglers fishing the Wall at Walnut have seen a fair number of fresh fish.
Good cold weather baits for the drift anglers include egg sacs, single eggs, skein, shiners, plastic worms in pink, white, and chartreuse, and small jigs tipped with a maggot or a wax worm. Fly anglers will often use single egg patterns and sucker spawn patterns in white, pink, orange, cream, and peach. Woolly buggers and minnow imitating patterns are also popular.
Anglers fishing the Walnut Basin are doing fair and anglers fishing the Wall at Walnut have seen a fair number of fresh fish.
Cabin Fever? Upcoming Basic Boating Class
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be conducting a safe boating class on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, December 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each evening. The class will be held at the , Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle, with plenty of room for anyone interested. This comprehensive 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. For more information and to register contact Keith Edwards at 814-336-2426 or 814-337-0444 or you can register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon successful completion of the course , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired
Don't Eat Too Much:
Area Officers and local PFBC employees would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and the best of luck to area hunters for a safe and productive deer season.
Reminder on Perch:
The perch size limit has now changed to 7" effective December 1st. The daily creel limit remains at 30 fish.
Cold Weather Safety on the Tribs:
Local weather forecasts are predicting a drop in temperatures and possible snow again this week and with the winter weather upon us in Erie, safety should be a relevant concern when fishing the area tribs. With angling pressure lightening up it is very conceivable to be fishing alone at times. Cell phones are great however, in some of the less elevated areas along the tribs signals can be weak. Two way radios work well. When going out for the day let someone know when you plan to return. Dress warm and in layers and cover the ears and head. Use extreme caution when wading unfamiliar water. After a significant high water event, wading a once familiar area can change dramatically. Consider using a wading stick and wearing a wading belt, especially with loose fitting waders. Take frequent breaks and short walks to keep the circulation moving. Wading ice water in one spot to the point of allowing numbness can contribute a chilling fall upon taking that first step. Take a snack or two for energy and keep a warm thermos in the car or truck for the day's end.
Wednesday Night...Snow showers in the evening...then snow showers likely after midnight. Additional snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.
Thanksgiving Day...Partly sunny with snow showers likely. Additional light snow accumulation possible. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s.
Saturday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s.
Saturday Night...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s.
Sunday...Cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s.
Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s.