December 30th, 2009|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Another mighty snow storm blasted the Erie area early this week bring up to a foot and a half of snow in some areas along with howling winds and blizzard conditions. Ice has again been forming on the tribs, however we do have many areas still open with levels up and flowing well. As we head into the "dead of winter", out of town anglers looking for open water would be wise to check with local bait shops on conditions. Winter road conditions can checked with the Pennsylvania state police.
Cold temperatures are forecast that will quickly add additional ice conditions. Perhaps the hard water season is not far away. current Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 36 degrees. Current west county tributary conditions as of Tuesday afternoon were up with good color and flow where open. Ice has been forming in the slow moving areas and along the shorelines.
Some perch and pan fish are being caught (between blizzards) off the North and South piers along the Erie channel entering Presque Isle Bay.
Ice has started to form on Presque Isle but any ice at the present should considered unstable. Officers are asked to comment on local ice conditions & thickness. We must refrain from doing so due to the liability involved and the quick changes that can occur. A report issued today for safe ice in Presque Isle Bay may be totally inaccurate with a sudden temperature chance or if a freighter is moved into the shipyard. Other agencies follow the similar protocol. We will provide recommended thickness and general guidelines but the actual ice conditions will be left to the individual anglers to decide on the particular day they are fishing. Minimum thickness for a single angler or a small group of spread out anglers is a good 4" thick. Drilling small pilot holes as you walk out can be done to check ice thickness but the decision us ultimately yours.
Best Wishes for a safe and productive new Year from Pennsylvania's North Coast and remember that 2009 licenses expire at midnight December 31st. A 2010 license must be displayed January 1st, 2010.
Support Your Local Sportsmens' Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their next meeting at 7 P.M. Wednesday January 9th, at the American Legion Post 773 at 4109 West 12th Street in Erie. This is on the south side of West 12th Street (State Route 5), just east of the Erie Airport. The public is welcome.
Thursday...Snow likely. Snow accumulation around an inch. Highs in the mid 30s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Thursday Night...Snow likely. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming west after midnight. Chance of snow 70 percent.
New Years Day...Snow showers likely. Highs in the upper 20s. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Friday Night...Snow showers likely. Colder with lows 15 to 20. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Saturday...Snow showers likely. Breezy and colder with highs 15 to 20. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Saturday Night...Snow showers likely. Breezy with lows around 10 above. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Sunday...Snow showers likely. Highs around 20. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Sunday Night...Snow showers likely. Lows 10 to 15. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Monday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s.
Monday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 15.
Tuesday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s.