WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
The recent arctic blast of cold air in the northeast put winter reality back in perspective for the Erie area. Considerable snow has set the tribs at high levels with nice flow and clear to deep green color. This is typically the winter water that is many die hard steelhead anglers dream about. Cold temperatures over the next week should help keep consistency in the trib levels if we don’t get a rapid freeze over. Trib fishing has been fair to good depending on who you talk to. Steelhead are spread thin throughout the Walnut Creek project waters with anglers having the best success close to the mouth along the wall. The Walnut Basin was starting to "slush over" as of Tuesday afternoon. Elk Creek has been productive near the mouth from the boat launch at the access area and south to the first waterfall area. Upper Elk is still holding fish in and around the Legion Park and up to Whiteman's bridge. Anglers fishing the shoreline last week during the mild weather were doing well until the arctic front moved in stirring up the lake and creating a heavy mud line along the shore. Crooked Creek is high with good color and has been fairly productive over the last week.
Tonight's PA Steelhead Association Meeting:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will have its monthly meeting at 7:00PM this evening, January 8th. 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.
A hot topic of discussion for area anglers often centers around public fishing access and PFBC development of the Erie area. Both subjects will be on the table for discussion and questions as well as you comments and suggestions.
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 recent losses of precious public access along some or our tributaries, these issues have become 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, Plenty of Openings left:
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
The Big Show:
The 23rd annual Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo will be held March 3rd through the 5th at the Family First Sports Park, 8155 Oliver Road in Erie (I-90 at Peach Street, Exit 24)
With 22years under its belt, this expo has developed into the definative cabin fever event for area hunters and anglers. The expo is a great mix of the latest in hunting and fishing information and gear blended with exhibits by local clubs, bait shops and sport and travel stores. Great buys, informative demonstration, 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. For more information go to Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo
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