WCO Report for Erie County 03/04/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: March 04, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on March 04, 2009 at 09:41:03:

March 4th, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Area temperatures have remained well below freezing again putting many areas back into freeze over. There is still open water in many areas of the tribs. Temperatures are predicted to climb into the upper 40s perhaps bringing another quick melt down. Presque Isle Bay has been firming up, however there is still open water and the pending warming up could make for hazardous conditions

Posted Access Advisory:

Access to Elk Creek in in Mckean off of Old West Road is now a posted area. This area is one mile east of 832 on the left off of West road. The road is a short and un marked with a dead end. The landowner access to the trib from this road is now posted (signage is in process). Access to this particular stretch of Elk is now by water only. Anglers should have no reason to park in this area without access to Elk Creek. This posted area will be enforced.

Fish & Boat Commission Schedules Public Meeting, Public Opportunity to Meet Commissioners and Staff:

Meadville, PA - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host a public meeting on March 24, 2009, at the Vernon Central Fire Department Social Hall in Meadville, to give an update about the agency’s work and to discuss a new license proposal the agency will offer to legislators this spring.

The meeting will begin with an informal open house from 6pm-7pm when the public can meet the Executive Director, Dr. Doug Austen, region Commissioner Sam Concilla, and Commission staff. Also during this time, a display and information area staffed by PFBC partner organizations will be open. From 7pm-8pm, Dr. Austen and regional staff will make various presentations, including fisheries updates, habitat projects, outreach and education activities, and boating and access programs. A general discussion including question and answer period will follow from 8pm-9pm.

“The meeting will allow us to meet our customers, the anglers and boaters who use our services and the resources every day,” said Doug Austen, PFBC executive director. “It’s important that we hear from them.”

“There are a lot of projects we do that I believe the public isn’t aware of. We want to tell them about how these projects enhance fishing and boating opportunities and how they protect and conserve our aquatic resources.” Austen said.

Directions: 4/10 of a mile South of the intersection of routes and 19. Take exit 147B off of I-79 (State Route 322 West) to the 2nd light. Turn left on to State Route 19 South and go 4/10 of a mile and turn right on to McMath (look for Vernon Twp. Municipal Building sign on right). Go 2/10 of a mile to the parking lot on the left. Enter "Social Hall" doors.

PFBC Basic Boating Class, Still Openings to Sign UP:

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.

Freezing and Smoking Tips:
. Use only fresh fish for freezing

. Cut and package fish into meal size portions

. Use heavily waxed paper wrap, heavy duty aluminum foil, or plastic freezer storage bags for fish storage.

. Wrap fish tightly. Remove all air from the bag before sealing

. Fish can be placed in a shallow metal, covered with water, frozen, and re-wrapped in foil, paper or plastic

. Label packages with contents and dates

. Space packages in freezer to allow proper air circulation for quick cooling and freezing

. Once packages are solidly frozen (with in 24 hours), you can restack them within the freezer

. Properly wrapped fish will store in the freezer for six months if they are fat fish

. To avoid quality deterioration, do not refreeze thawed products

. In general, for smoking, salt the fish (1 cup salt to 7 cups of water along with herbs and spices of choice) for 1 hour.
Smoke the fish until it reaches and holds an internal temperature of 160 degrees F for at least 30 minutes during the
smoking cycle.

. Smoked fish can be stored in the refrigerator. Use within a week and freeze any unused smoked fish

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. Not as cold with lows in the lower 20s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.

Thursday...Partly sunny. Not as cool with highs in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Not as cool with lows in the lower 40s. South winds 15 to 20 mph.

Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs around 50.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 40s.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. A chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Cooler with highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Lows around 30. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 40s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.

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