December 10th, 2008|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Frigid conditions and ice forming this past weekend gave way to relatively mild temperatures and heavy rain on Tuesday. The remaining snow was quickly melted off and sent the tribs in high and fast flowing conditions. Cold temperatures are again expected towards the end of the week and as the tribs subside we may have good fishing conditions for the weekend. This time of year, conditions change fast and for those traveling long distances, a quick phone call to one of the area bait shops may be wise.
There are still large numbers of fish holding in the nursery waters at Trout Run. Most of the fish are blackened and weak however, close observation revealed a surprising number of fresh fish mixed in the pack. Fishing the shoreline at Trout Run is usually good throughout the winter and into the spring wind and waves permitting.
The Walnut Creek Basin has been giving up good numbers of fish for those willing to brave the weather. There was skim ice forming on Presque Isle Bay before the rain and the mild temperatures, something we haven't seen this early in a number of years.
Saute' cubed steelhead in olive oil and basil. Set aside until the end.
Saute' onions, celery and garlic in margarine. Add potatoes, carrots, chicken broth and seasonings. Simmer, covered for 20 minutes or until vegetables are nearly tender.
Add broccoli and cook 5 minutes. Add steelhead, evaporated milk and corn. Heat thoroughly. Sprinkle with minced cilantro to serve.
Serve with good crusty bread for a warm winter treat. As with most soups and stew, this one is even better reheated the next day
Makes 10 servings.
Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows around 20. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming west 10 to 15 mph after midnight.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s.
Saturday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
Sunday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.
Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the lower 40s.
Monday Night...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows in the upper 30s.
Tuesday...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the lower 40s.