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PA Regular Trout Season Opens April 15

Regular trout season in Pennsylvania goes into effect on Saturday, April 15. The creel limit increased to 5 fish (combined species), and the size limit decreased to a 7" size minimum.  For more information, please see the Regulations page. 

S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie to Hold Ice Out Party, April 9

The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie will hold The Ice Out Party, Saturday, April 9, 2017, from 1 to 5 PM at the Shrine Club (2525 W 38th St, Erie, PA 16506). Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 16 & under (toddlers 3 years of age and under are free). Tickets can be purchased at the door.

2017 Mentored Youth Trout Day, April 8
The PA Fish and Boat Commission has announced their statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day for 2017. Saturday, April 8, youth anglers will be able to fish with PA licensed adult anglers on stocked trout waters. For more information, please visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission website.
Erie PA Charter Boat Association to Hold Walleye School

The Erie PA Charter Boat Association (EPACBA) will hold the 2017 Great Lakes Walleye University & Walleye Expo on Saturday, April 1, 2017. This event will take place at St John's Banquet and Conference Hall (1001 E. Main St, Girard, PA 16417), from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Online registration is required to attend the Walleye School. The cost is $80 and can be completed HERE. For further information, please visit the EPACBA website.

Current Walleye Season Ended March 14

The current season for walleye in the Lake Erie, Lake Erie Tributaries, Presque Isle Bay and Peninsula Waters ended March 14, 2017. The new season will pick up on May 1, 2017. For more information regarding season changes, please visit the FishErie Regulations page.

2017 PA Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has released their Trout Stocking Schedules for 2017. To view, click here or download the PFBC app, "FishBoatPA." For more information from the PFBC, visit their website.

New Regulations for Pymatuning Reservoir Take Effect March 1

Effective March 1, the daily limit for crappie on both the PA and OH side of the Pymatuning Reservoir moves to 20 fish per day, with a nine-inch minimum size. For more information, click HERE.

Lake Erie Steelhead Management Plan Released

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released the Management Plan for Lake Erie Steelhead for 2016-2025. A copy of the plan can be found here. For the NYSDEC website, click here.

S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Webcam Shut Down

The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie webcam, which was located on the Bicentennial Tower in Erie, PA, has been shut down until further notice.

Monthly Fly Tying Classes at FishUSA Starting January 2017

FishUSA will be holding monthly fly tying classes starting in January 2017 for both beginner and advanced fly tiers. All classes are held on either the first Tuesday of the month (Beginners) or the third Thursday (Advanced), except for the July Beginners class, which will take place on Wednesday, July 5. All classes are 2 hours long, lasting from 6-8 PM each evening. Classes are limited to 12 seats and a flat registration fee of $10 for 12 classes is required. To register, please contact FishUSA or visit our Pro Shop, 6960 West Ridge Road, Fairview, PA 16415.

The following are the dates and species for the classes. 
 January - Steelhead

 Beginner - January 3 

 Advanced - January 19               
 February - Steelhead

 Beginner - February 7

 Advanced - February 16               
 March - Trout

 Beginner - March 7

 Advanced - March 16
 April - Trout

 Beginner - April 4        
 Advanced - April 20
 May - Trout

 Beginner - May 2

 Advanced - May 18
 June - Bass

 Beginner - June 6

 Advanced - June 15
 July - Bass

 Beginner - July 5 (Wed.)

 Advanced - July 20
 August - Carp & Panfish

 Beginner - August 1

 Advanced - August 17
 September - Musky

 Beginner - September 5

 Advanced - September 21
 October - Steelhead Streamer

 Beginner - October 3

 Advanced - October 19
 November - Steelhead

 Beginner - November 7

 Advanced - November 16
 December - Steelhead

 Beginner - December 5

 Advanced - December 21

Trout and Salmon Now in Season

On September 6, the size limit for trout and salmon on Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay increased to 15", with the daily limit dropping to 3 combined fish (only 2 of which can be lake trout).

For more information, please see the Regulations page.