February 4th, 2009|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Frigid temperatures have been the norm in our area with only a few breaks in the weather. The cold temperatures have kept hard water fishing conditions good. Presques Isle Bay has been covered with huts on the weekends with anglers doing fair to good. The steelhead fans have been drilling ice at the Walnut Creek Marina and channel, the lake shore at Trout and Godfrey Runs and at the Elk Creek Access area. Catch rates for steelhead through the ice in these areas has been good. In the midst of all the heavy ice, there is a surprising amount of open water in some areas. Anglers were fishing open water south of the Access area on Elk Creek as well as a number of areas on the East side mile tribs.
This is also the season for the ice boaters on the Bay. These high speed wind sleds are typically found on the West end of Presque Isle Bay. Anglers are advised to watch out for them as they move fast and have limited maneuverability
PFBC Basic Boating Class:
Area officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be conducting a safe boating class on Saturday March 21st from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The class will be held in Room 110 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center located at 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA. Class size will be limited to 30 participants. This comprehensive class is designed for the novice boater or boater to be, as well as the experienced boater who would like to refresh his knowledge and is especially recommended for the new boater and their families. The class covers basic boating safety, boating laws and regulations, and equipment. Successful completion of the course qualifies the individual for a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Certificate (card). There is no charge for the course or materials, although registration is required. For more information and to register contact Linda Woznicki at 814-833-2829 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Valerie Tarkowski at 814-683-5126 or email at email@example.com
Participants may bring a lunch or eat locally. Upon successful completion of the course , the Agency will require a processing fee for your Basic Boating Safety Card if one is desired.
Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo:
The 25th annual Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo will be held March 6th through March 8th at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center along the Erie bay front just west of Dobbins landing. Hours are Noon to 8:00 PM on Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. With 24 years under its belt, this expo has developed into the definitive cabin fever event for area hunters and anglers. The expo is a fabulous mix of the latest in hunting and fishing information and gear blended with exhibits by local clubs, bait shops and sport and travel stores and outfitters from around the globe. Great buys, informative demonstrations, 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. See you there..... For more information go to Erie Outdoor Sport and Travel Expo
Learn How to Ice Fish:
The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie in cooperation with the PFBC and DCNR will be offering instruction and demonstration on ice fishing techniques on Saturday, February 14th. Interested anglers and observers should meet at the Rotary Pavilion near the Waterworks pond on Presque Isle. The Erie area offers some of the best ice fishing in the state and this is your chance to learn every thing you need to know from local experts. PFBC officers will be on hand to assist and answer questions regarding ice fishing regulations. Equipment will be provided for those in need. For more information and times, contact the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie at 814-453-2270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cold with lows around 3 above. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill values as low as 8 below.
Thursday...Partly sunny with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 20. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill values as low as 6 below in the morning.
Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy. Not as cold with lows around 16. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday...Partly cloudy. Not as cool with highs in the mid 30s.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Not as cold with lows in the lower 30s.
Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s.
Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 30s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Colder with lows in the mid 20s.
Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Not as cool with lows in the mid 30s.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s.