WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
The West County tribs have been a mix of open water and ice. Many of the slower moving pools are frozen or have a channel of water open. Fishing in these areas has been sporadic although there has been some success. A half a dozen or so anglers had a calm shore at Trout Run to themselves this past weekend with a number of catches observed. Live shiners or salted minnows have been the most popular bait lately
Bitter temperatures over the Holidays have brought ice over to Presque Isle and Misery Bays with varied thickness. Anglers have had some success the past few day with gills and a few perch off the South side of Presque Isle and in Misery Bay. Live shiners are the most consistent ice fishing bait. Reports of 3 to 5 inches of ice indicate that there is still instability and anglers venturing out on the hard water are advised to use extreme caution. Weather forecasts indicate a warming trend through the weekend in the 40's and possibly 50 degrees which could make the already thin ice dangerous and unfishable. If unsure, don't venture out on the ice.
Current Lake Erie Water temperature as of this writing is 37 degrees with Presque Isle Bay iced over. The Tribs are partially ice covered as of this writing although an imminent warming trend should cause significant melting over the next week.
Officers are asked to comment on local ice conditions & thickness. We must refrain from doing so due to the liability involved and the quick changes that can occur. A report issued today for safe ice in Presque Isle Bay may be totally inaccurate if a freighter is moved into the shipyard. Other agencies follow the similar procedures. We will provide recommended thickness and general guidelines but the actual ice conditions will be left to the individual anglers to decide on the day they are fishing. Minimum thickness for a single angler or a small group of spread out anglers is a good 4" thick. Drilling small pilot holes as you walk out can be done to check ice thickness but the decision us ultimately yours.
Another Year Closes:
Boating Under the Influence Recap for 2004 for the Northwest Region Area:
1) Total number of BUI arrests - 8
2) Date of Earliest Arrest - 5/13/04
3) Date of Latest Arrest - 9/5/04
4) Highest BAC - .21%
5) Lowest BAC - .15%
6) Average BAC - .18%
7) There were no BUI cases in which controlled substances were involved
8) One Juvenile arrested for BUI
9) Five BUI Arrests came from Presque Isle Bay
10) Types of other serious (misdemeanor and up) crimes charged with BUI arrests
11) There were seven special BUI details conducted for the year resulting in one
12) All officers attended DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Training this
There are no pics this week due to the holidays