WCO Report for Erie County 03/18/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: March 18, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on March 18, 2009 at 10:11:21:

March 18th, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


The snow and ice are gone and we have actually seen some sunshine and mild temperatures (for Erie) over the last week. Some drifting ice remains on the lake, although the tribs are completely ice free. Water levels have started to drop and clear quite a bit. Water flow has been good and with normal Spring rainfall we should have good conditions for a while. No doubt, anglers will be hooking steelhead along with stocked trout on opening day. Anglers were crowding in at the Walnut Project waters and the Manchester Hole over the weekend. Catches were fair to good this past weekend with most fish being somewhat to very fresh. A good number of people were trying their luck on the wall at Walnut looking for fresh steelhead. Good catches and a number of limits were observed along the lake shore at Trout Run. The most popular baits were egg sacs dyed pink or chartreuse, single eggs, egg patterns and shiners. Elk Creek has been productive from the access area to the mouth with a good number of fresh fish caught. The upper stretches from the Legion Park area to Folley's End have been good although the fish are still scattered. Cascade Creek along the city side of the Bayfront is holding a good number of steelhead. Many boaters were out on Presque Isle Bay this past weekend after crappie and steelhead. A good number of out of state vehicles were observed over the weekend in all the crowded areas, a true testimony to our world class fishery.

Walleye Change:
Walleye season closed on March 15th on Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and the Tributaries and will reopen on May 2nd with a minimum size of 15" and a daily creel limit of 6 fish.

Annual Linesville State Fish Hatchery Open House:
The annual Linesville State Fish Hatchery Open House, "A Day at the Hatchery" will be held on Saturday April 4th from 11:00 AM till 3:30 PM. This annual event is a real draw for area anglers and the families and offers a chance to see where it all starts.

Demonstrations are scheduled on a rotating basis to allow all visitors to see all demonstrations during their visit. Times will be posted and announced. Check the schedule near the main doors of the Visitor Center or at the site of the demonstrations. These events include "The Walleye Spawning Process", "How Old is That Fish", Filleting and Cooking Fish, Electro Fishing, Fly Tying, and live reptiles, amphibians, and Invertebrates,

Events targeting the kids include "Fish Prints", "Kids Casting", and "How to Rig a Rod and Reel"

Inside the Visitor Center, you will be able to browse through Fish and Boat Commission exhibits and activities, and find information about other nearby attractions. Visit displays and information areas provided by other organizations, too. Check out the two-story aquarium and see some real trophy fish, and a few you may have never seen before.

This Open House is our chance to show you how the Fish and Boat Commission provides fishing and boating opportunities. Its also your chance to shake off winter's grip and get a taste of what awaits you this fishing and boating season. This fish hatchery plays an important role in growing and stocking walleye and musky statewide. Events, demonstrations and displays are designed to give you some insight into how we do both. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable day and look forward to seeing you there.

Directions to the Linesville State Fish Hatchery coming from the East:

From the intersection of I-80 and I-79, go north on I-79 to exit 147-B at Meadville. Take St. Rt. 322/6 west to Conneaut Lake. Take Rt. 6 west to Linesville. In the middle of town, turn left at the traffic light (Hartstown Rd.) and go one mile to the hatchery on the left.

Directions to the Linesville State Fish Hatchery coming from the West:

From Ohio, follow St. Rt. 6 to Ohio Rt. 85. This road goes over the causeway of Pymatuning Reservoir and turns into PA Rt. 285 at the state line in the middle of the reservoir. Take St. Rt. 285 to the 2nd flashing light at Hartstown Road. Romar Homes is on the corner at this intersection. Turn left and continue past the spillway (one mile), past the Pa Game Commission's Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center approximately one mile to the hatchery on the right

Fish & Boat Commission Schedules Public Meeting 3/14/2009, 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 322 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.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Showers. A chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation. Cooler with lows in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Thursday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Much cooler. Near steady temperature in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Colder with lows in the lower 20s. North winds around 10 mph.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 40.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.

Saturday...Mostly sunny in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. Not as cool with highs in the lower 50s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s.

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Lows 35 to 38.

Monday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 30s.

Tuesday...Partly sunny in the morning...then becoming cloudy. A 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s.

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