WCO Report for Erie County 03/16/2011: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: March 16, 2011

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on March 16, 2011 at 09:55:55:

March 16th, 2011

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton


Meltdown continues around the area with all the the tributaries open and running. Recent rain along with slightly warmer temperatures have brought some fresh fish in but no big numbers reported at this time. Fish are scattered and with many winter worn fish. There is considerable open water on the Lake and Presque Isle Bay. Water levels are high around the access areas and targeting these areas for fresh fish may be worthwhile. With additional rain and warmer temperatures through out the week, we could see some additional steelhead movement. Steelhead can be found upstream on most of the tribs typically south of route 5 up and beyond Route 20, although very few fresh fish have been reported
A few hearty anglers were found fishing the open water in the Erie channel between Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. This is a good time of to target Burbot from both the North and South piers along the channel as well as perch moving into the Bay to spawn.

Ice on Presque Isle Bay is melting fast with reports on Tuesday of a few inches or so inches of soft unstable ice with considerable slush and water. Anglers are advised that ice conditions should now be considered unsafe. There have been a number of reported fall throughs on Presque Isle Bay over the last few weeks. Rain and warm daytime temperatures this week may bring the hardwater season to an end by the weekend.

On the bright side, ice out typically means the beginning of an abundance of slab crappie in and around Presque Isle Bay.

Current tributary conditions as of this writing are high and flowing with good color. The stage is set.

Annual Open House at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery: The annual Linesville State Fish Hatchery open house is scheduled for April 2nd from 11:00 AM 3:30 PM PM. The Hatchery and Visitor center are located at 13300 Hartstown Road. This annual is event is a must attend event for the angling family, those new to fishing, and anyone infested in an afternoon of fun and education. View the 10,000 gallon viewing tank filled with trophy fish. Some of the events include kids casting; rigging a rod; filleting and cooking demonstrations; live reptiles and amphibians; fish spawning; lake habitat models; talk to agency personnel from boating and education, law enforcement, fisheries management, biologists, habitat management, environmental services, many others; and much more. See you there !

Directions to the Linesville State Fish Hatchery Coming from the East From the intersection of I-80 and I-79, go north on I-79 to exit 147-B at Meadville. Take St. Rt. 322/6 west to Conneaut Lake. Take Rt. 6 west to Linesville. In the middle of town, turn left at the traffic light (Hartstown Rd.) and go one mile to the hatchery on the left.

Directions to the Linesville State Fish Hatchery Coming from the West From Ohio, follow St. Rt. 6 to Ohio Rt. 85. This road goes over the causeway of Pymatuning Reservoir and turns into PA Rt. 285 at the state line in the middle of the reservoir. Take St. Rt. 285 to the 2nd flashing light at Hartstown Road. Romar Homes is on the corner at this intersection. Turn left and continue past the spillway (one mile), past the Pa Game Commission's Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center approximately one mile to the hatchery on the right.

Perch Regulations Change April 1st to November 30th: A reminder that the 7" size limit for perch is lifted April 1st. on Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and the tributaries The creel limit remains at 30 fish.

PA Steelhead Association Annual Tom Morrison Catch and Release Steelhead Tournament: The annual Tom Morrison Steelhead Tournament will be held March 26th. You must be a PSA member to participate. The tournament will be followed by a banquet and the monthly membership meeting at the American Legion on West 12th street just past the Tom Ridge Airport. The election of officers and board members will be held at this time. For rules and more information got to Tom Morrison Steelhead Catch and Release Tourney

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds around 15 mph.

Friday...Showers likely. Highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Friday Night...Cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Saturday...Partly sunny. Much cooler with highs in the lower 40s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 30.

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Not as cool with lows around 40.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Not as cool with highs in the upper 50s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s.

Tuesday...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s.

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