March 12th, 2008|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
The Erie area took the brunt of the big snow storm this past weekend dumping a foot and a half of snow and plenty wind to create deep drifting. Although there was a fair amount of open fast water in the upper stretches of the tribs, getting streamside in the deep snow was difficult. A few sunny days have started a slow melt, however there is still plenty of white stuff remaining. A number of anglers have been taking advantage of the open water and doing surprisingly well. Two anglers were observed on Monday fishing some open lake water at Trout Run hooking fish after fish until they seemingly got bored. The lower stretches at the mouths of Elk and Walnut Creeks are ice jammed for now. Anglers have been venturing out on Presque Isle Bay in small numbers, with the heavy snow making the walk difficult.
The Passing of a Good Friend to the Erie Fishing Community:
This past weekend saw the passing of Bill Blackman, a sincere friend to all that knew him. Bill was not the president of any club, nor a politician, or the leader of any causes. He was however, a humble individual that recognized and loved the fishing opportunities that the Erie area has to offer and took every opportunity to take advantage, especially through out his long retirement. Bill was among the most dedicated members of the SONS of Lake Erie, rarely missing a meeting or a sponsored event, He rarely if ever, spoke a harsh word and always had a story to tell. He rarely missed a SONS meeting or sponsored event. He was always the first to volunteer when it came working with youngsters new to the sport, taking great satisfaction in helping others. Those that knew Bill well, were always treated to a warm and genuine hug every time they were greeted and it was clear the Bill genuinely enjoyed sharing company with all the many people he knew. Bill was well known by area officers and we along with his many, many friends will miss him deeply. One last hug for you Bill......
PA Steelhead Meeting for March Changed:
The PA Steelhead Association has postponed its monthly meeting Wednesday, March 12th, 2008. The membership meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 7 p.m. This is the same day as the PSA Spring Run Banquet. Officer elections will be held at this meeting. The meeting will take place at the American Legion Post 773 at 4109 West 12th Street in Erie. This is on the south side of West 12th Street (State Route 5), just east of the Erie Airport.
Rig up an ultra light rod with 2-4 pound test line and a jig or live minnow with a stand-up crappie bobber or in line pencil type float and hang on. Noodle rods used for steelhead fishing work great. Fish it with a lot of action to attract crappie in the 5-18 ft. depths. When you get a strike, pull back on the rod tip and carefully begin reeling the fish in. Be sure not to let the line go slack or the fish can sometimes back the hook out before you land it. Crappie, like most pan fish will put up a great fight, especially on light tackle. When possible, night time fishing for crappie can prove very successful. These fish are really attracted to a large lamp pointing into the water.
Crappie are excellent table fare and can be rivaled only by our mouthwatering perch. Filleted, and pan fried, they are hard to beat.
Thursday...Cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning...then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Not as cool with highs in the upper 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday...Rain likely. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Saturday Night...Cloudy. Snow likely in the evening...then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Chance of snow 50 percent.
Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s.
Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. A chance of snow showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 20s. Chance of snow 30 percent.
Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s.
Tuesday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 40s.