WCO Rport for Erie County 02/14/2012: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: February 14, 2012

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leghton on February 14, 2012 at 21:02:22:

February 14th, 2012


The winter storm this past weekend was actually a bit out of the ordinary
from the unseasonably mild winter Erie has enjoyed. Mother Nature was kind
with only 6 to 8" of snow although the winds and drifting were heavy at
times. By Monday, temps started to climb melting away most of the white
stuff adding some flow and much needed color to the low and clear conditions
we have had. Forecasts are calling for day time temps above the freezing
mark and end very well could put us back to spring like conditions.
Although some ice was starting to form around the area including the Bay, it
is likely to be short lived. The mild conditions have affected the usual
fishing patterns around the area. Crappie fishing has been fair to good in
and around the "stink hole" and along the Bay front at Presque Isle. Very
unusual for this time of year is seeing suckers starting to invade the
tribs, not in big numbers, but enough to demonstrate the effect of weather
on fish migration. Anglers have been picking up perch along the south side
of the Bay as well as off the North and South piers. If there is to be and
ice season on the Bay, it may be short lived if at all. For those waiting
the ice, be optimistic, Erie's weather can change rapidly.

Northwest Pennsylvania Region Annual Deputy Meeting:

This past weekend Deputy Waterways Conservation Officers from the Northwest
Region met in Meadville for their annual meeting with Bureau of Law
Enforcement Officials from Harrisburg as well as local Regional Management..
These meetings are held for each region of the Commonwealth and supplement
many training meetings throughout the year. This is an opportunity for area
DWCOs to meet as a large group and share experiences and training. Agenda
items included regulation updates both new and pending, comprehensive
training schedules for the year, outstanding service recognition and awards,
refresher training as well as continuing education in police and law
enforcement skills. Specific presentations included new and pending
regulation changes as well as stocking challenges for this year. Training
for both DWCO's and WCO's is a never ending process throughout the year to
keep officers on top of the latest law enforcement polices, tactics,
regulations, and required annual certifications.

All Deputies are recertified annually in CPR and every two years in First
Aid. Training throughout 2012 is scheduled to include tactical shooting
skills development in addition to required sidearm qualifications. Refresher
instruction also often includes use of force techniques, self defense, and
OC (pepper spray) training. Regulation and law are also included as part of
regular refresher training and is ongoing throughout the year. A number of
Deputies were recognized for their many years of dedicated service and
outstanding commitment to the Commission and its mission.

Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo:

The 28th annual Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo will be held March 2n
through March 4th at the Erie Bay front Convention Center 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 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
throughout the weekend to answer questions and listen to your comments. See
you there.....

Only a Few Tickets Remaining:

The Elk Valley Sportsmen's club will host its highly popular annual reverser
raffle on February 18th, 2012 at the St. Johns Social Hall in Girard, PA.
Tickets are $60.00 per couple. This exciting annual event offers a great
dinner, most all legal beverages, great music and dancing, and a variety of
games of chance and raffles, all for one inclusive price. Tickets for this
event are available now by calling Bruce at 814-572-2780

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night: Rain and snow showers likely, mainly after 2am. Cloudy,
with a low around 34. South wind between 13 and 15 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday: Rain. High near 42. Breezy, with a southeast wind 17 to 24 mph
becoming southwest. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts
between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a
chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Breezy, with a
west wind between 17 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New
precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near
36. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.
Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
24. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Washington's Birthday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near
39. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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