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King of Bass Tournament to be Held August 19-20

North Coast Bass Association will once again host its two-day King of Bass Tournament at Presque Isle State Park on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20. The event, sponsored by the Erie Sports Commission, is open to the first 49 boats that enter and offers a $2,500 guaranteed prize to the first place team.

Day one, Saturday, will be for largemouth only. On day two, Sunday, anglers may fish for either smallmouth or largemouth. On both days, launch is at 7 a.m. and weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. Results will be decided based on total weight accumulated during the two-day event.

Registration is available through August 18. For more information, click here

PA B.A.S.S. Nation Open Buddy Tournament, August 26

PA B.A.S.S. Nation will host a $10K Open Buddy Tournament on Lake Erie Saturday, August 26. The event, sponsored by the Erie Sports Commission, will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end with weigh-ins at the Marina Bay Launch at 2:30 p.m.

The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize, based on a 100-boat field. Teams of two can participate in the tournament, which is open to anyone interested in participating. Cost is $300 per team, plus an optional $10 lunker pool.

Deadline for registration is August 12. To register, click here.

S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Monthly Meeting, September 25

The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie will have their monthly meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 E. 3rd Street, Erie, PA. The public is welcome.

Regular Bass Season in Full Swing

Regular bass season opened on Saturday, June 16. The minimum size limit is now 15" and the creel limit is 4 fish (combined species) per day. For more information, please see the Regulations page.

Presque Isle Lake Buoys Deployed

The Presque Isle Bay Buoys have been deployed. These buoys are released annually to gather information on water condition and weather off shore. To follow the information coming directly from the buoys, visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center's Regional Science Consortium website.

Lake Erie Commercial Trap Net Locations Released

In conjunction with the Erie Commercial Trap Licensees, the PA Fish and Boat Commission has released the locations of commercial trap nets in Lake Erie. This is a temporary trial venture in hopes of reducing recreational angler conflicts with the commercial trap net gear. A map with locations and a new informational brochure about commercial trap netting can be found on the Lake Erie page of the Commission’s website.

Walleye are in season!

The current season for walleye in Lake Erie opened on May 1, 2017, with the Lake Erie Tributaries, Presque Isle Bay and Peninsula Waters having opened on May 6, 2017. Walleye season is now in full swing for Erie, PA! For more information regarding season changes, please visit the FishErie Regulations page.

2017 Perch and Walleye Limits Set

The PA Fish and Boat Commission has announced the 2017 Lake Erie creel limits for yellow perch and walleye. Both species limits will remain the same as 2016 - 30 per day for yellow perch and 6 per day for walleye. For more information, please visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission website.

New Regulations for Pymatuning Reservoir

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.

Monthly Fly Tying Classes at FishUSA

FishUSA will be holding monthly fly tying classes for both beginner fly tiers. All classes are held on the first Tuesday of the month , 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. 
 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