December 5th, 2007|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
The first major winter storm slammed Erie earlier this week with strong winds and freezing rain along the lakeshore. Although we were spared any significant snowfall North of Interstate 90, we did receive enough precipitation to raise the tribs to high, muddy and all but unfishable conditions. Levels were dropping some as of Tuesday afternoon. As the tribs start to drop, predicted night time low temperatures may be bring icy conditions in the early morning hours. Minnows (shiners) both live and salted along with eggsacs and single eggs are great winter choices along with the sucker spawn patterns in white, chartreuse, peach, and pink with or without a little flash. Wooly buggers in olive, black and brown are good drifting choices as well. Slow reacting fish will often turn on to a skillfully worked micro jig tipped with a single maggot or a plastic worm drifted or bounced off the bottom Current Lake Erie water temperature off the Port of Erie is 38 degrees. Current trib conditions as of Tuesday afternoon were high and flowing hard.
Support Your Local Sportsmen's Clubs:
The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday December 12th at the American Legion Post on West 12th street (route 5 near the Airport) at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome.
Tentative winter stocking schedules for the Erie area are as follows:
Lake Pleasant, December 4th, February 19th
Upper Gravel Pit Pond in Fairview, February 5th
West Basin Pond at Presque Isle, February 5th
Cold Weather Safety on the Tribs:
With the winter weather upon us in Erie, safety should be a concern when fishing the area tribs. With angling pressure lightening up it is very conceivable to be fishing alone at times. Cell phones are great however in some of the less elevated areas along the tribs signals can be weak. When going out for the day let someone know when you plan to return. Dress warm and in layers and cover the ears and head. Take frequent breaks and short walks to keep the circulation moving. We so often see folks wading in ice water to the point where they are numb and can barely move. Water flow in the tribs can be strong at times. Take small short steps with caution and consider using a wading stick to help your balance. Take a snack or two for energy and keep a warm thermos in the car or truck for the day's end.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely after midnight. Lows around 20. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Friday...Cloudy. A chance of snow showers in the morning...then a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Friday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows in the upper 20s.
Saturday...Cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow. Lows in the mid 20s. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
Sunday...A chance of snow in the morning. Cloudy with a chance of rain. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Sunday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Lows in the upper 20s.
Monday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Highs in the mid 40s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow. Lows in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Highs in the lower 40s.