WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Mild weather continues to provide a bonus season bonanza for area steelhead anglers with area hardwater anglers wondering if they will every get a chance to walk on the water this season. An adequate amount of drizzle and light snow has kept area tribs at good levels and flowing well in most areas with only occasional slush in the early morning hours. Fresh fish have been moving in and out of the tribs with fish thinned out from the access areas to the upper most stretches. Minnows skein, and single eggs, popular spring time baits have been hot around the area. Sucker spawn patterns and the minnow imitating micro jigs have also been good choices for the artificial bait folks. The Commission has been releasing spawned out steelhead in the Walnut Creek basin over the winter with several hundred recently release. The marina has been a popular area and with the mild weather has makes a great place to take the youngsters for their first steelhead. The Walnut Creek basin is also handicap accessible. Anglers were lined up along the lake shore this past weekend at Trout run having moderate success. Upper Elk near the Legion Park and Crooked Creek have both been very productive lately. Crowds have been on the light side for our area leaving plenty of room to try out that new flyrod and reel.
As we so often do we suggest that you support your local sportsmen's club, no matter where you may reside. Often these clubs provide the voice for many on important issues for the sportsman and can be the educational outlet on the latest issues. The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will have its next meeting on Wednesday February 8th, starting at 7:00PM. Meetings are held in the main banquet room on the ground floor the American Legion Post 773 at 4109 West 12th Street, Erie, PA. 16505. This is on the south side of West 12th street (route 5), just east of the Erie Airport. Food and legal beverages are offered at reasonable prices.
This month the PSA welcomes Tom Ford, Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Mr. Ford will be discussing land easements, public access, and PFBC funding and development for the Erie area. With precious public access issues being a front burner issue in the Erie angling area, attending this meeting is your chance to show your support and concern over these relevant topics. Get involved.
Boating Class Reminder, this class is filling up fast, so register early:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be conducting a safe boating class on Monday and Tuesday , March 6th and 7th at the Stull Interpretive Center (Nature Center) at Presque Isle State Park. This comprehensive 8 hour class is designed for the novice boater or boater to be, as well as the experienced boater who would like to refresh his knowledge. It is also a great activity for the boating family. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. Successful completion of the course qualifies the individual for a Pennsylvania boating education safety certificate (card). There is no charge for the course or materials, although registration is required. This class typically fills up quickly and class size will be limited to 40 people so early sign up is recommended. Upon successful completion of the course and the final exam , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired. To register for this class, email DWCO Randy Leighton at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone, age, and number of people you would like to register if necessary you can phone 814-774-4672
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