WCO Report for Erie County 01/26/2011: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: January 25, 2011

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on January 25, 2011 at 20:43:39:

January 26th, 2011

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

The arctic blast that hit the Northeast over the last week put the Erie area into deep freeze with temperatures in the low teens and at times dropping below zero. The frigid temperatures gave a good boost to ice conditions around the area. Most areas including Presque Isle Bay have been reported to be anywhere from 6 to 10" thick. The exceptions to this would be any ice on the faster moving areas of the tributaries. Ice fishing activity has been a good in the Erie area with anglers taking to the hard water in search of some action in spite of the cold snap. The most popular area on Presque Isle Bay has been just North of the Bayfront Convention Center near Dobbins Landing. Reports have been varied and widely scattered with reports of good catches of perch and gills to "tried everywhere, and came up short". Fishing in one stationary area certainly does stack the odds against the angler, and in winter conditions, moving around and drilling more holes often doesn’t seem worth it, however the patient angler and one who knows when to give up on a spot is more likely to score. Many anglers miss the subtle strikes that are common when ice fishing simply because they aren't paying attention as well as they could be. Watching for light strikes on five tip ups requires some concentration. Changing baits or jigs from time to time can also help. The noise factor certainly can come in to play as well, once the holes are drilled and you are settled in, its probably best to go into stealth mode. Temperature forecasts are predicted to be well below freezing over the next few week. Lake Erie is partially frozen, although there are still large areas of open water. Winter conditions can be tough in Erie and as such, anglers coming from out of town would be wise to check weather forecasts and road conditions.

Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo:
The 28th annual Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo will be held March 4th through March 6th at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center along the Erie bay front just west of Dobbins landing. Hours are Noon to 9:00 PM on Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. With 28 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

Elk Valley Sportsmen Reverse Raffle..
Don't Miss It!

The annual Elk Valley Sportsmen Reverse Raffle is just around the corner. Your ticket gives you a chance at the $1,500 Main Prize, dinner, drinks, music, games of chance, & dancing. It is being held on Feb. 19th @ St. John's Social Hall / Girard with Happy Hour starting at 5:30 ... Dinner @ 7:00 ... Dancing from 9:00 to Midnight. At a bargain price of $60.00/couple, it is one of the best buys out there. Your ticket for two covers dinner, entertainment, and all legal beverages. This is the only Fund Raiser held by the Elk Valley Sportsmen Club for the year. This helps to fund the Annual Kid's Fishing Derby & improvements at the Girard Boro Pond as well as Turkey Feeding, Hunter's Safety Courses, and many other community projects. Tickets are available at McDonald's Meats on Route 20 in Girard (near the Overlake Golf Course) or by calling Lee Weaver at 922-3412 (area code 814 if needed) or any Club Officer. This is the sportsmen's social event of the season in Northwest Erie County. Tickets are limited to 200 couples so get yours now !!

Annual Sons Ice Fishing Clinic:
The SONS of Lake Erie will be conducting their annual ice fishing clinic at the Waterworks Pond at Presque Isle State Park on Saturday February 19th. This annual event is a great introduction to ice fishing with a chance to try your luck. The SONS provide the gear and bait with plenty of refreshments. If the long term forecasts hold up, conditions should be good for this event. For more information, email sonslakeri@aol.com

Local Weather:
Wednesday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 18. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Cloudy. A chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 16. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent.

Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the upper 20s.

Friday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 15 to 20.

Saturday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the upper 20s.

Saturday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 15.

Sunday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s.

Sunday Night...Cloudy with a chance of flurries. Cold with lows around 10 above.

Monday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 15 to 20.

Monday Night...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Lows around 10 above.

Tuesday...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs in the mid 20s.

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