January 31st, 2007|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Conditions: Erie has fallen in to the winter deep freeze and frigid temperatures and a thick blanket of Lake effect snow. Presque Isle Bay has nearly frozen over as have most all of the area tributaries. Very little open water remains. Ice is still thin on Presque Isle Bay but it should be long before the hard water anglers take to the ice. A few anglers were observed taking their chances on the shallower West end of the Bay this past weekend, although ice conditions were less than marginal. A few anglers have been trying their luck on the thinly frozen Walnut Marina Basin.
Temporary Ban Issued on Live Fish Transport from the Erie Watershed : Commission to Consider Implementing Permanent Regulations
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has placed a temporary ban on the transportation of live fish from Lake Erie and its tributary waters inland.
PFBC Executive Director Doug Austen signed an order this morning (January 30th, 2007) making it unlawful to transport or cause the transport of live fish out of the Pennsylvania portion of the Lake Erie watershed. Waters included in the Pennsylvania portion of the Lake Erie watershed are Twentymile Creek, Orchard Beach Run, Sixteenmile Creek, Twelvemile Creek, EightmileCreek, Sevenmile Creek, Sixmile Creek, Fourmile Creek, Mill Creek, Cascade Creek, Walnut Creek, Trout Run, Godfrey Run, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Raccoon Creek, Turkey Creek, Conneaut Creek, Ashtabula Creek and their tributaries.
The Executive Director has found that this action is necessary and appropriate for the protection, preservation and management of fish. The intent of the ban is to help reduce the potential spread of exotic fish species and fish diseases found in the Great Lakes to the state's inland waters.
The temporary ban goes into effect immediately and will remain in place until January 1, 2008. The Commission, under a separate notice of proposed rulemaking,will seek public comments on a permanent change to the Commission's fishing regulations. A vote on adopting a permanent regulation is expected later this year.
Another Reminder on Upcoming Winter Stockings for the Area:
Lake Pleasant February 20th, 2007
Upper Gravel Pit Pond (Fairview) February 2nd, 2007
Anglers are advised that these areas are ice covered. Lake Pleasant and especially the Upper Gravel Pit Pond are quite deep. Use caution and common sense when venturing out on the ice.
Cabin Fever? Safe Boating Class Coming Up:
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 or if necessary you can phone Keith Edwards at the PFBC Northwest Region office at 814-336-2426
Fishing rods- Large guides, sensitive tip, with some backbone, preferably the short ones made specifically for ice angling
For those with a few extra bucks:
Local Radar from the National Weather Service
LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY
Wednesday Cloudy. Snow showers ending. Additional snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Brisk with highs in the mid 20s. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 19. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent.
Thursday Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs around 30. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night Cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent.
Friday Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s.
Friday Night Snow showers likely. Lows 15 to 20. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Saturday Snow showers likely. Highs 15 to 20. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Saturday Night Snow showers likely. Cold with lows around 10 above. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Sunday Snow showers likely. Highs 15 to 20. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Sunday Night Snow showers likely. Cold with lows around 10 above. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Monday Snow showers likely. Highs 15 to 20. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Monday Night Snow showers likely. Cold with lows around 10 above. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Tuesday Mostly cloudy. Highs 15 to 20.