WCO Report for Erie County 02/25/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: February 24, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on February 24, 2009 at 21:29:22:

February 25th, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Frigid conditions have surrounded the Erie area over the last week with most areas on the trib well frozen over. As of Tuesday, there was some open water at the mouth of Trout Run. Anglers are reminded to assure they are fishing the Lake and not the tributary (State Nursery Waters) in this area. The Walnut Basin is frozen over and by the looks of the forecast this week, ice in most areas should be getting better. Anglers have not been venturing out on Presque Isle as some areas still look on the thin side, however, Misery bay has remained solid with anglers working that area this past weekend. Anglers are reminded that ice conditions are not monitored by any public agency and that caution should be exercised especially during these transition periods.

The Erie is closing in on a seasonal record of nearly 150" as measured at the Erie Airport. Many nearby surrounding areas have had well over 200" and a few pushing 250" for the season making this one of the snowiest seasons ever.

Trout Season Opener is Not Far Off:

The opening day of the regular 2009 Regular Trout Season for Northwest Pennsylvania is April 18th. The following is the stocking schedule for the West Erie County district:


Monday April 13th

Upper Gravel Pit Pond, Fairview

Meeting Place, Fairview State Fish Hatchery

Time: 9:45 AM

Friday, April 17th

Elk and Crooked Creeks

Meeting Place, Exit 39 off I-79 in McKean

Time: 10:00 AM

In Season

Wednesday April 22nd

Upper Elk Creek (2 Trucks)

Meeting Place, Exit 39

Time: 9:30 AM

Tuesday, April 28th

Lower Elk and Crooked Creeks

Meeting Place, Fairview State Fish Hatchery

Time: 9:30 AM

Saturday May 2nd

Upper Gravel Pit Pond, Fairview

Meeting Place, Fairview State Fish Hatchery

Time: 9:45 AM

PFBC Basic Boating Class:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be conducting a safe boating class on Saturday March 21st from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The class will be held in Room 110 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center located at 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA. Class size will be limited to 30 participants. 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 Safety Certificate (card). There is no charge for the course or materials, although registration is required. For more information and to register contact Linda Woznicki at 814-833-2829 or email at lwoznicki@state.pa.us or Valerie Tarkowski at 814-683-5126 or email at vtarkowski@state.pa.us
Participants may bring a lunch or eat locally. Upon successful completion of the course , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired.

Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo:
The 25th annual Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo will be held March 6th through March 8th at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center along the Erie bay front just west of Dobbins landing. Hours are Noon to 8:00 PM on Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. With 24 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.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Rain likely. Not as cool with lows in the mid 30s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Rain. Lows in the upper 30s. South winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday...Cloudy. Snow and rain showers likely in the morning...then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Cooler with highs in the upper 30s. Temperature falling into the lower 30s in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Much colder with lows 15 to 20.

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 30.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows around 20.

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy and breezy. Lows around 20.

Monday...Partly sunny. A chance of flurries. Highs in the upper 20s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows 15 to 20.

Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s

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