WCO Report for Erie County 12/23/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: December 22, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on December 22, 2009 at 22:54:43:

December 23rd, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com , WCO Brook Tolbert


A half a foot of snow along the Erie lake shore has kept trib levels up with reasonable flow although the water has generally been on the clear side. Temperatures in the twenties have slushed things up a bit have not given way to full ice over. Most areas have been open the last few days and conditions fair to good. Unfortunately there has not been a dramatic run of fish as has been evident from the lack of fresh fish catches. There is snow and rain in the forecast with mild temperatures predicted for Christmas day. Conditions could be very good this weekend. Presentations should still be kept light for now. Lake Erie water temperature is 37 degrees . West County tributary conditions as of Tuesday afternoon were up and flowing with some color in the deeper areas.

Thanks Again:
Your support, communication, and assistance have been a huge part of our success this year and we thank you. A special thanks all of you that permitted you pictures to be included in this forum and allowing us to illustrate what a truly great fishery we have here in Erie. In the coming year, we again as always, welcome your comments on our reports (pro or con) and will entertain any subjects, questions, or issues that our readers would like to see addressed. We are grateful for any useful information that will help to continue to make these reports successful and will work towards providing fresh information and the most current updates. We have made it our point to try to provide useful information for the inexperienced anglers new to our area as well as tips that even the veteran anglers may from time to time find useful. On behalf of myself and all the great PFBC officers along Pennsylvania's North Coast, we wish everyone a safe and joyous Holiday Season and a productive and successful New Year. DWCO R. Leighton

Walnut Creek Access:
The office building and restrooms are now closed for the season. Porta jons and trash containers will remain around the access area throughout the winter and spring for your convenience. Please use them.

Glazed Holiday Steelhead:

One cup olive oil (donít skimp, get the good stuff)
2/3 cup molasses
4 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
3 teaspoons fresh grated lemon zest (peal
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pinch of salt
4 (12 ounce) steelhead fillets

In a small bowl, combine the oil, molasses, garlic and lemon peel; set aside half of the mixture for serving. Before starting grill, coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Grill salmon, uncovered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting frequently with molasses mixture. Serve with reserved molasses mixture.

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain after midnight. Not as cold with lows in the lower 30s. Temperature rising into the upper 30s after midnight. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Christmas Day...Rain. Windy with highs in the mid 40s. Temperature falling into the upper 30s in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday Night...Rain and snow showers in the evening...then snow showers likely after midnight. Windy with lows in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Saturday...Snow showers likely. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Saturday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s.

Sunday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s.

Sunday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s.

Monday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Breezy with highs in the upper 20s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow showers in the evening. Breezy with lows around 20. Chance of snow 30 percent.

Tuesday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s.

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