January 27th, 2010|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton
A rapid meltdown this past weekend brought significant changes to area fishing conditions. Temperatures in the 40's left open water in some areas of Presque Isle Bay and very unstable ice conditions with little to no activity as most hard water anglers choose to play it safe for now. The warming trend opened up a short window of opportunity for fishing the tribs with levels rising and eventually giving way to full blow out conditions Monday afternoon. As of Tuesday levels had dropped and temperatures again began to plunge. As of Tuesday afternoon area tribs were high and flowing and starting to clear in some areas. Temperatures in the teens are predicted over the next week perhaps making the open water window short lived.
PFBC Basic Boating Class:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be conducting Basic Boating classes in March. These comprehensive, 8 hour classes are 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. Upon successful completion of the course , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired. The first class will be held on March 10th and 11th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each evening at the
Tom Ridge Envronmental Center , Room 112. For more information and registration contact Chad Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-683-5126. The second class will be held on March 27th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Dan Cliff Hose Co., 4th and High Street, Waterford, PA. For more information and registration for this class contact WCO Jim Smolko at email@example.com or leave a message at 814-572-0078. For additional boating classes around the area go to Boating Courses
Who Needs a Boating Safety Certificate:
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
Thursday: Snow showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 27. Breezy, with a west wind between 16 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday Night: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 13. Breezy, with a west wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday: Cloudy, with a high near 23.
Saturday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 11.
Sunday: A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
Monday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 22.
Tuesday: Cloudy, with a high near 34.