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Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, Peninsular Waters,
and Lake Erie Tributaries

 
The following seasons, sizes and daily limits apply to Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and peninsular waters, all Lake Erie tributaries in their entirety which include Cascade Creek, Conneaut Creek, Crooked Creek, East Branch Conneaut Creek, Eightmile Creek, Elk Creek, Fourmile Creek, Middle Branch Conneaut Creek, Marsh Run, Mill Creek, Mud Run, Raccoon Creek, Sevenmile Creek, Sixmile Creek, Sixteenmile Creek, Stone Run, Temple Run, Turkey Creek, Twelvemile Creek, Twentymile Creek, Walnut Creek, West Branch Conneaut Creek and all waters that flow into these tributaries.
WHILE FISHING, your license must be signed in ink and must be displayed on an outer garment. In addition, anglers must be prepared to furnish positive proof of identification
Species Season Minimum Size Daily Limit
Muskellunge and Tiger
Muskellunge hybrids
Open year-round 40" 1
Northern Pike Open year-round 24" 2
Walleye Jan. 1 through March 14 and
May 1 though Dec. 31
15"
Limit to be
announced
Bass (Largemouth and
(Smallmouth)
Jan. 1 through April 13 and
June 16 through Dec. 31
15" 4 (combined
species)
Bass (Largemouth and
Smallmouth)

April 14 through June 15*
20" 1
Yellow Perch Dec. 1 through April 30 7" Limit to be
announced
May 1 through Nov. 30 None
Sunfish, Crappies, Catfish,
Rock Bass, Suckers, Eels,
Carp, White Bass
Open year-round No minimum 50 (combined
species)
Burbot (when taken by scuba
divers by use of non-mechanical
spears or gigs at a depth of at
least 60 feet)
June 1 through Sept. 30 No minimum 5
Burbot (when taken by hook
and line)
Open year-round No minimum 5
Smelt (when taken by hook
and line)
Open year-round No minimum None
Trout and Salmon** Jan. 1 through April 12 15" 3 (combined species),
only 2 of which may be
lake trout
8 a.m. April 14 through
Sept. 3
9" 5 (combined species),
only 2 of which may be
lake trout
Sept. 4 through April 11, 2019 15" 3 (combined species),
only 2 of which may be
lake trout
Baitfish / Fishbait*** Open year-round No minimum 50 (combined species)
American Eel Open year-round 9 inches 25
Mussels / Clams CLOSED YEAR ROUND
Sturgeon, Spotted Gar and
other threatened and 
endangered species
CLOSED YEAR ROUND
 

* It is unlawful to conduct or participate in a fishing tournament for bass on Lake Erie or Presque Isle Bay during the period from opening day of the trout season in April until midnight the first Saturday after June 11.
** It is unlawful to fish or possess trout or salmon in or along any Lake Erie tributary stream from 12:01 a.m. on April 13 until 8 a.m. on April 14 (32 hours total).
***For all crayfish species, the head must be immediately removed behind the eyes upon capture unless used as bait in the water from which taken.

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Special Regulations—Lake Erie Tributary Streams
  • Designated as Nursery Waters are Trout Run and its tributaries, Godfrey Run, Orchard Beach Run, and Crooked Creek (where posted). It is unlawful to fish, wade or possess fishing equipment while in or along Lake Erie tributary streams designated as Nursery Waters.
  • Archery fishing or spear fishing is prohibited in or along Lake Erie tributary streams.
  • From September 4 until the opening day of trout season in April, all Lake Erie tributary streams are closed to fishing from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on the following day except for Walnut Creek north of Manchester Bridge Road and Elk Creek north of Route 5.
  • It is unlawful to fish from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on the following day within 50 yards of the mouth of both Trout Run and Godfrey Run while fishing the Lake Erie shoreline.
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Lake Erie Permit

All anglers fishing Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and their tributaries, including waters that flow into those tributaries are required to possess a valid Lake Erie permit or Combination Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permit.

The main tributaries where a permit is required are: Cascade Creek, Conneaut Creek, Crooked Creek, Eightmile Creek, Elk Creek, Fourmile Creek, Mill Creek, Raccoon Creek, Sevenmile Creek, Sixmile Creek, Sixteenmile Creek, Turkey Creek, Twelvemile Creek, Twentymile Creek and Walnut Creek. A permit is also required for all of those waters that flow into these main tributaries.

Anglers fishing the East and West Basin ponds (Waterworks Ponds, Presque Isle State Park) are not required to possess a Lake Erie Permit.

Anglers fishing inland ponds, lakes and reservoirs in Erie County are notrequired to possess a Lake Erie Permit.

2018 FISHING LICENSES
Annual licenses are valid from December 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018. WHILE FISHING, your license must be signed in ink and must be displayed on an outer garment. In addition, anglers must be prepared to furnish positive proof of identification
Code Type of Fishing License or Permit Age Cost*
101 Resident (Annual) 16-64   $22.90
104 Senior Resident (Annual) 65 & up 11.90
105 Senior Resident (Lifetime) 65 & up 51.90
108 1-day Resident (not valid March 15-April 30) 16 & up 11.90
102 Non-resident (Annual) 16 & up 52.90
106 1-day Tourist** not valid March 15-April 30) 16 & up 26.90
103 3-day Tourist 16 & up 26.90
107 7-day Tourist 16 & up 34.90
150 Trout/Salmon Permit 16 & up 9.90
140 1-year Trout/Salmon Permit*** 16 & up 9.90
143 3-year Senior Lifetime Trout/Salmon Permit 65 & up 25.90
144 5-year Senior Lifetime Trout/Salmon Permit 65 & up 41.90
145 10-year Senior Lifetime Trout/Salmon Permit 65 & up 81.90
151 Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 9.90
152 Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 15.90
136 Alternate Display Annual Fishing License Button**** Any age $5.00
109 Mentored Youth Permit Under 16 $0.00
110 Voluntary Youth Fishing License (Annual) Under 16 $2.90
* Includes issuing agent fee of $1.00 and $0.90 electronic processing fee. Excludes the 109 Mentored Youth Permit.
** Includes Trout-Salmon and Lake Erie permits, not valid March 15-April 30.
*** Applies to Senior Lifetime purchased on or after 1/1/2015 or may also be purchased as a trout program donation.
**** This is an optional purchase that requires an initial purchase of an annual fishing license in order to purchase. Valid Voluntary Youth Fishing License, Multi-Year fishing License and Senior Lifetime License holders are also eligible to purchase an annual button. Buttons can only be ordered through the Commission’s Outdoor Shop and from select PFBC locations and require a three-week processing from when order is submitted.
2018 MULTI-YEAR FISHING LICENSES
WHILE FISHING, your license must be signed in ink and must be displayed on an outer garment. In addition, anglers must be prepared to furnish positive proof of identification
Code Type of Fishing License or Permit Age Cost*
140 1-Year Trout/Salmon Permit** 16 & up $ 9.90
141 1-Year Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 9.90
142 1-Year Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 15.90
030 3-Year Resident 16-64 64.90
031 3-Year Non-Resident 16 & up 154.90
032 3-Year Senior Resident 65 & up 31.90
033 3-Year Trout/Salmon Permit 16 & up 25.90
034 3-Year Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 25.90
035 3-Year Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 43.90
050 5-Year Resident 16-64 106.90
051 5-Year Non-Resident 16 & up 256.90
052 5-Year Senior Resident 65 & up 51.90
053 5-Year Trout/Salmon Permit 16 & up 41.90
054 5-Year Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 41.90
055 5-Year Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 71.90
060 10-Year Resident 16 & up 211.90
061 10-Year Non-Resident 16 & up 511.90
063 10-Year Trout/Salmon Permit 16 & up 81.90
064 10-Year Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 81.90
065 10-Year Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit 16 & up 141.90
A 3-year fishing license is valid through 2020, a 5-year license is valid through 2022, and a 10-year fishing license is valid through 2027. Customers who buy multi-year licenses save money by not having to pay transaction and processing fees each year. Anglers can also purchase multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings, or purchase single year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits.