WEST ERIE COUNTY, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert|
The last two weeks began to look like we might get at least a short ice season however, this weeks warming trend quickly burned off nearly all of the remaining snow and started a meltdown of the ice around the area. A few brave souls were seen ice fishing the west end of Presque Isle Bay this past weekend and a few anglers have been successful at the Walnut Creek Marina. Any ice remaining in the area should be considered unsafe as of this writing and with mild temps we may see a complete another and perhaps the final meltdown. Area tribs have begun to open and have been generally low and clear. Lake Erie still has large areas of drifting ice and some open water along the shorelines. Anglers were observed fishing the shoreline at Trout Run earlier this week. Presque Isle has considerable areas of open water as does the Fairview Gravel Pit pond allowing plenty of shoreline fishing. Steelhead still remain throughout the tribs although they are widely scattered with few fresh fish to be found.
Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition Forum:
The Northwest Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Coalition will be presenting its second annual Sportsmen's Forum with presentations by both the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The exciting field of speakers includes Dr. Doug Austin, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Dr. Austin is scheduled to present the Youth Fishing License Program and discuss the Erie Access Improvement Program. Cal DuBrock, Wildlife Management Director for the PGC, will be discussing Deer Management and Roger Coup, Wildlife Management Supervisor, will be discussing new wildlife projects in 2006. Melody Aulling, Executive Director of the PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will be discussing the Erie Bluffs State Park. The floor will be open to questions following the presentations as time permits. These event encompasses many of the hottest topics for all area sportsmen and those attending will likely see a standing room only event. The forum will be held Friday March 31st from 7:00 PM till 9:00PM at Northwestern High School, 200 Harthan Way, Albion, PA. just 2 blocks off Route 6N in
Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The next Pennsylvania Steelhead Association meeting is Wednesday March 8th, at 7 PM. 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. The public is welcome. This months guest is WCO Brook Tolbert who will be discussing the proposed Junior License Program. Election of Officers will be held at this months meeting
Steelhead Smolts Have Been Released:
A good number of Steelhead smolts have been released through out the are tribs. These little guys are the future of our fishery and all too often many unknowing anglers confuse them for stocked trout or carelessly mishandle them. Smolts simply are smaller than the stockies and typically not of any legal size. Smolts should be handled carefully and if at all possible, unhooked and released without removing them from the water.
Annual Linesville State Fish Hatchery Openhouse:
The annual Linesville State Fish Hatchery Openhouse, "A Day at the Hatchery" will be held on Saturday April 1st from Noon till 4:00 PM. This annual event is a real draw for area anglers and the families and offers a chance to see where it all starts.
Demonstrations are scheduled on a rotating basis to allow all visitors to see all demonstrations during their visit. Times will be posted and announced. Check the schedule near the main doors of the Visitor Center or at the site of the demonstrations. These events include "The Walley Spawning Process", "Egg to Creel: The Story of a Walleye:, Filleting and Cooking Fish, Elector Fishing, "How old is this Fish?"
Events targeting the kids include "Fish Prints", "Kids Casting", and "How to Rig a Rod and Reel"
Inside the Visitor Center, you will be able to browse through Fish and Boat Commission exhibits and activities, and find information about other nearby attractions. Visit displays and information areas provided by other organizations, too. Check out the two-story aquarium and see some real trophy fish, and a few you may have never seen before.
This Open House is our chance to show you how the Fish and Boat Commission provides fishing and boating opportunities. It’s also your chance to shake off winter’s grip and get a taste of what awaits you this fishing and boating season. This fish hatchery plays an important role in growing and stocking walleye and musky statewide. Events, demonstrations and displays are designed to give you some insight into how we do both. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable day and look forward to seeing 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
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy. Scattered thunderstorms and a chance of showers in the evening...Then showers likely with scattered thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Temperatures rising into the mid 40s after midnight. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Thursday Showers and scattered thunderstorms...Mainly in the morning. Highs around 60. South winds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night Showers and scattered thunderstorms in the evening...Then just showers likely after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers. Cooler with highs in the upper 40s.
Friday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
Saturday Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.
Sunday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.
Monday Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 50. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday Night Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s.
Tuesday Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 40s