January 13th, 2010|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cold temperatures have kept the area tribs locked up, but have gotten hard water fishing season well underway. Parking was at a premium at Presque Isle this past weekend with an abundance of ice huts on Misery Bay, at the end Presque Isle State Park, and at the West end of Presque Isle Bay. Anglers in these areas seemed to be picking up good numbers of pan fish although most were on the small side. Ice anglers trying their luck off of Dobbins Landing in deeper water were picking up pan fish as well along with a number of good size perch. Angler reports on ice thickness varied anywhere from 4 to 8 inches with significant snow on the surface. A few anglers were spotted working the ice at the Walnut Creek Marina, but success was questionable. Ice continues to build on Lake Erie and for now is still unstable drifting ice. Although the Erie area still has a significant amount of snow on the ground, area roadways are clear for now.
Support Your Local Sportsmens' Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their next meeting at 7 P.M. Wednesday January 13th, 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.
Winter Stocking Schedules for the Erie Area:
1) Lake Pleasant is scheduled for February 3rd, 2010. Meeting time is 9:30 AM.
2) The East and West Basin Ponds at Presque Isle State Park is scheduled for February 10th, 2010. Meeting place will be just past the Park office at the Niagara boat launch at 10:00 AM.
3) The Upper Gravel Pit Pond is scheduled for February 2nd, 2010. Meeting place will be the Fairview State Fish Hatchery on Route 5 in Fairview at 9:45 AM
Stocking schedules are subject to change for more information go to Winter Stocking Schedule
As ice builds along the lake shore, so does the formation of "ice dunes". These beautiful formations occur as the waves pound the shoreline and gradually build up frozen mounds form the drift ice and wave mist. As spectacular as they are to view, they are equally dangerous to walk on. Many of these dunes are hollow inside with open water underneath. A fall through a dune can leave an individual trapped with little chance of escape.
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 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
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain...freezing rain and snow. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow. Highs around 40. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
Saturday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.
Martin Luther King Jr Day...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.