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New Steelhead Water in Erie, PA

The Gilmore Farm area of Elk Creek offers over a mile of new water to explore

New Steelhead Water in Erie, PA

Steelhead migrate annually from Lake Erie in the fall to winter in the streams and spawn, then return to the lake in the spring. This Elk Creek female, caught early November 2020 by the author, recently entered the tributary and is still chrome from the lake. As they stay in the tributaries, their colors will deepen to the rich olives and reds of a rainbow trout. Photo Credit: Dennis Pastucha

Thousands of anglers venture each fall, winter and spring to Erie, Pennsylvania to pursue Great Lakes steelhead. Anglers descending on these world-class tributaries have many to choose from, yet are confronted with limited access. Elk Creek is regarded as one of the best, and most scenic tributaries with it’s emerald waters, plunge pools, steep ravine cliff faces, and trophy steelhead. Recently, a new section of Elk Creek, known as the Gilmore Farm in Girard Township, Erie County, has opened to the public and anglers offering over a mile of new water and new challenges to the hardy steelheader looking to get off the beaten path.

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