Godfrey Run is a nursery water and fishing in the creek is prohibited. However,
fishing at the mouth of Godfrey for steelhead and walleye is popular when lake
conditions are favorable. The mouth of Godfrey can be accessed from Fairplain
Road (Township Road 4031), which loops around south of Route 5. There is parking
on the west side of the loop beyond the no parking signs. Walk back north and
down the dirt access road to the lake.
Godfrey Run, Trout Run is a nursery water and fishing in the creek is
prohibited. The mouth of Trout Run is the most popular place for shore fishing
in the lake for steelhead and walleye. The Fish and Boat Commission maintains a
nursery upstream on Trout Run, where it raises and milks steelhead. Thousands of
steelhead return to Trout Run every year. This provides excellent fishing for
steelhead off the mouth when the fish school trying to enter this relatively
small and shallow creek. Likewise, when the fingerlings leave the creek in the
spring, the walleye lurk just off-shore at night looking for an easy meal.
If you want to see if the steelhead run has started, or if you want to see
steelhead or show them to others, go to the mouth of Trout Run. In the fall the
creek can be stacked with large steelhead, many with their tails sticking out of
the water. It is a sight many children (and anglers) enjoy.
The mouth of Trout Run is at the foot of State Route 98 (Avonia Road) directly
north of the town of Fairview. Parking is permitted only in certain areas along
the road. Parking between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. is also prohibited.
Fishing for steelhead at the mouth of Trout Run is very popular in the fall.
Fish can be schooling just offshore when the fish have not yet made any
significant run up any of the major creeks. If the lake is relatively calm, the
steelhead fishing can be very productive. On the other hand, this is no secret,
and on a warm, calm day in late September or October, you will likely find
anglers lined up shoulder to shoulder at the mouth.
UntiUntil 2004 there was a marina in operation at the west side of Trout Run. You
could park in the marina lot for a fee, and fish in the marina (in what was
sometimes referred to as the "Pig Pen"). The marina closed in 2004 and currently
you cannot park or fish in the marina area.
Walnut Creek is the second largest and second most popular creek for steelhead
fishing. Walnut begins south of the Millcreek Mall (which is just east of the
the Kearsarge exit (Exit 180) of Interstate 79). It flows northwest through
Millcreek Township, north through Fairview Township and enters Lake Erie east of
the town of Fairview.
Fish and Boat Commission stocks Walnut with steelhead, but not brown trout,
and it is not an approved trout water. During the summer and fall, the lower
reaches of Walnut hold bass, panfish, catfish and carp. Like the other creeks in
the watershed, by June most parts of the creek are low and too warm for trout
and the fishing for steelhead is over.
During early fall, steelhead may not get beyond the Manchester hole just south
of the first bridge. The fish move upstream as the season wears on. By winter,
steelhead can usually be found all the way upstream to the Millcreek Mall.
The Fish and Boat Commission maintains the Walnut Creek Access Area at the mouth
of the creek. There is a nice marina with paved parking lots, a building with
Fish and Boat Commission officials, a weigh station, ice and rest rooms. The
launch ramps and docks are removed after the last Sunday in October, and after
that fishing is permitted in the marina itself. The building closes in December.
For further information, see the
The mouth and access area can be reached from State Route 5 by turning north on
either Dutch Road (Township Road 4007 - beside the Walnut Creek Grill) to the
west of the creek, or Manchester Road (also Township Road 4007) to the east of
the creek. There is a sign for the access area at the intersection of Route 5
and Manchester Road. Follow either road north to the access area.
Fishing along the wall between the marina and the mouth of the lake is popular,
especially in the fall. Access is easy and no waders are needed. This location
is also popular for night fishing. It is relatively deep (it is dredged each
year to maintain access to the marina for even larger fishing boats) and the
water is usually slow-moving. Many still fish or fish with lures in this area,
and very few fly fish here. During the early steelhead season, steelhead may be
present only in this area, and in the first hole just south of the access area.
During the summer of 1999 the Fish and Boat Commission, with the financial
assistance of local contributors, created several new pools between the marina
and the first bridge. This has become known as the "project waters." The
objective was to create additional fishing opportunities on Walnut on property
owned by the Commission. Many of these new pools hold many fish during the
season, but pressure can be heavy. For further information from the Commission
on this project, click
The first original pool, referred to as the "Manchester Hole", is one of the
most popular spots for steelhead fishing. This pool is located just south of the
Manchester/Dutch Road bridge, just upstream from the access area and project
waters. In the summer of 1998 the landowner first posted the east side of the
hole, and fishing from or walking on the east bank is now prohibited. Fairview
Township has also posted no parking signs all along both Manchester and Dutch
roads, preventing parking on the street anywhere north of Route 5. As a result,
to fish the Manchester Hole, you must park in the access area and either walk up
the west bank, or walk along the street and enter on the west bank. If there are
fish in Walnut Creek, there will be fish in this pool. It is deep and fairly
long. Fishing pressure can be intense. Often there will be 30 or more anglers
lining the side of the pool. It is seldom a place for peaceful, solitary
fishing. Fishing in this pool is usually drift fishing (often with a small
float) or fly fishing.
Just upstream from the Manchester Hole is the "chutes" area. It is a short area
of fast chutes, and often holds many fish. There is often controversy over
whether people catching fish in this area are just "lifting" them by letting the
hook drift into their mouths, then "lifting." Upstream from the chutes are
several pools, then a waterfall. Often the steelhead have a difficult time
getting over this waterfall. As a result, often the fish are stacked-up below
the waterfall, and there are few fish anywhere above it.
If the fish have made it past the waterfall, Walnut Creek is fished extensively
from the first pool to the Route 5 bridge, and upstream to the tubes under the
railroad tracks. Limited parking is available along both sides of Route 5
(although sometimes it is posted), and you can walk down rather steep trails on
the north sides of the road to the creek. There is a good sized pool immediately
downstream from the bridge, and fish often hold in the tube under the road.
The creek can also be accessed beneath the railroad tracks from either
Manchester or Dutch Road. The tracks are located between Route 5 and Route 20.
The access is from the northernmost set of tracks. On both sides of these tracks
you will find a path leading down to the creek. Many drive along the track bed
and park by the trails. There is a nice pool just downstream from the tube under
the tracks. Fishing is decent downstream from here to Route 5. Fishing is also
good upstream (especially around the bridge for the second set of tracks), but a
short distance upstream the creek is posted and access ends.
The next access above the tracks is at the Walnut Creek Gun Club. This area is
located at the bottom of Walnut Creek Hill on Route 20, between Dutch Road and
Manchester Road. Drive into the Club lot, then to the left into a small dirt
parking area. There is good fishing just downstream from and inside the tube
under Route 20. This spot also provides access to the area upstream, where the
creek runs through mostly wooded and undeveloped land. Although pleasant, there
are not many good holding areas until you get a considerable distance upstream.
The next access road to the creek is Millfair Road, on the Millcreek/Fairview
Township border. There is a small parking area just south of the bridge on the
east side of Millfair Road (although sometimes this is posted). There are
several good areas a distance downstream. There is also a good-sized pool just
upstream from the bridge just before the bend in the creek.
The next upstream access is at Old Sterrettania Road (which is just off
Sterrettania Road - State Route 832). Parking is available next to the bridge.
Downstream around a few bends is Buttermilk Falls, and there is a nice pool
there just below the falls. Upstream from the bridge the creek passes under
Sterrettania Road. There are some good small pools and pockets upstream from the
bridge. The area upstream from Sterrettania Road is rapidly becoming developed
into residential and retail areas. Although there are some good fishing spots,
access is becoming more and more difficult, and fishing in the shadow of a house
or store lacks some of the charm of fishing in the shadow of tall trees.
Cascade Creek is a small stream that runs through the City of Erie. It is tubed
through part of the City. Cascade Creek empties into Presque Isle Bay just west
of the Niagara Pier condominiums.
Cascade Creek is stocked with trout during the regular trout season. It is
stocked from its mouth, through Frontier Park, to just south of West 8th Street.
The creek can be accessed from Frontier Park, between West 6th Street and West
8th Street in Erie. There is also public parking for up to 50 cars in a paved
parking lot beside the lower part of the creek, off the Bayfront Highway just
south of the Niagara Pier condominiums. Park just to the south of the small
administration office for the condominiums. To access the lower regions of this
creek, walk over the wooden bridge, then north along Cascade Creek to its mouth
at the Bay.